Far from Europe
Tyrol without mask
The book of the same name, which was published 110 years ago, i.e. in 1909, serves as a model and excited the whole of Tyrol. Who was this person who wrote this diatribe under the pseudonym "Sepp Schluiferer", in which the Tyroleans are portrayed as backwoods, stupid and simple.
The essential characteristics of the Tyroleans are among others: the deep faith (from a sermon: "All unhail on dera Wölt kchemt from those who need wos koane Kchrischtn sain.") and a critical approach to education (a priest to the church people: "Kchrischtliche Mitbrida, i sog enk, mit'n les'n und schrei'm kchemt die Söl dem Teifel ima näha, bis dass oana o'Fangt in dö Biach'ln zan les'n, wo steht dass der Mensch vom Offn o'stommt.").
A few weeks after the publication of the book, the author was unmasked in December 1909 and had to flee from the people's anger to Munich.
It need not be mentioned that all book reviews in Tyrol tore the work apart in the air and did not recognize the satirical intention. In December 1909, the "Tyrolean border messenger" spoke of a "wretched work of art". Positive criticism came only from abroad. In December 1909 the "Münchner Post" wrote: "A delicious book, a collection of satires about Tyrol", which also shows "the dark sides of the heavenly tourist paradise".
In "Tiroler Wastl", an Innsbruck weekly newspaper from 25 November and 12 December 1909, one could read:
"A tramp of the mostordinary kind against whom a pickpocket thief is still a man of honour, perhaps only with the help of a printer who opened his workshop out of love for dirt in a toilet or a cesspool, published a pamphlet on the countryside and people of Tyrol that far surpasses anything that had been done so far in terms of vulgar commonness. The rascal, he calls himself ... Schluiferer . . . therefore seems to live among us. This also follows from the fact that the guy, for whose characterization the word pig dog is still far too good, seems to be quite well oriented about our local conditions or rather believes this, because in truth the villain is so stone-blind as ignorant and arrogant. . . Whoever gives this mocking birth of dirt and scoffing light only a bite of bread, only a drop of water, let his hand rot from his body, and whoever kills this monster and turns it into carrion, let him be praised.
These lines probably reflect the hatred of the population at that time.
In short, the author lived in Kufstein. After we are currently working on the book "Kufstein in the 20th century", we also want to theatrically process stories from this time.
Director: Hildegard Reitberger