Austria borders on seven foreign countries:
the Federal Republic of Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Italy, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein—countries which represent the most diverse political systems: the so-called Eastern Bloc, one non-aligned state, the NATO, a neutral state and a principality.
Artificially drawn political borders have always played an important role for mankind and probably will continue to do so as long as man exists. Such borders, I believe, will only lose their importance when common defence against an extraterrestrial enemy is called for.
The 1,681-mile-long Austrian border is far less brutal than, for example, the Berlin border, where a concrete wall cruelly cuts a city in half. It is even beautiful, romantic, inconspicuous, but in this quiet landscape one feels the silent, sad facts even more strongly than in Berlin.
On my trips along the border I have tried to find places where tragic incidents occurred and to dig up personal stories in my exploration of the “border” phenomenon.
>>>Book "Staatsgrenze/Border 1981-1983
© Seiichi Furuya, 1983