A century ago, one section of Vienna played host to Adolf Hitler, Leon Trotsky, Joseph Tito, Sigmund Freud and Joseph Stalin.
“I was sitting at the table,” wrote the man he had come to meet, years later, “when the door opened with a knock and an unknown man entered.
“He was short… thin… his greyish-brown skin covered in pockmarks… I saw nothing in his eyes that resembled friendliness.”
The writer of these lines was a dissident Russian intellectual, the editor of a radical newspaper called Pravda (Truth). His name was Leon Trotsky.
The man who describes had been born Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, was known to his friends as Koba and is now remembered as Joseph Stalin.
Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin spent a month in the city, he met Trotsky and he is writing “Marxism and the National Question” with Nikolay Bukharin.
The Neurologist Sigmund Freud moved to Vienna in 1860 when he was young and left the city in 1938 when Nazis annexed Austria.
Nazi leader Adolf Hitler is believed to have lived there between 1908 and 1913 when he was trying to make living as a painter.
Josip Broz, later Yugoslav leader Marshal Tito was a metalworker before being recruited into the Austro-Hungarian army.
Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky lived in Vienna from about 1907 to 1914, launching the paper “Pravda” – the Truth.