Bahr-Mildenburg, Anna b. November 29, 1872 d. January 27, 1947 Opera Singer. She was a noted Wagnerian soprano of the early 20th Century. Born Anna Bellschau von Mildenburg, she studied at Vienna's Conservatory of Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde before making her 1895 operatic bow at Hamburg as Brunnhilde in Wagner's "Die Walkure" under the baton of Gustav Mahler whose lover and student she was soon to be. Anna was first heard at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus in 1897 as Kundry in Parsifal and that same season assumed the mezzo role of Ortud in "Tannhauser";...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Kommunal Friedhof, Salzburg, Salzburg Stadt, Salzburg, Austria
Benatzky, Ralph b. June 5, 1884 d. October 17, 1957 Jewish-Austro-Hungarian composer and author. In 1936 he wrote the operetta "Axel at the Gate of Heaven" for Austrian actress Liane Haid, who was unable to take the lead part, which he then offered to Greta Garbo, who also turned it down; it ultimately went to Swedish actress Zarah Leander, for whom it became a stepping-stone to fame in Europe. In 1938 he wrote the operetta "Pariserinnen" for French-Austrian actress Christl Mardayn. He also wrote the stage scores for "White Horse Inn (Berlin and...[Read More] (Bio by: Rudi Polt) Saint Wolfgang Friedhof, Strobl, Salzburg-Umgebung Bezirk, Salzburg, Austria
Biber, Heinrich b. August 12, 1644 d. May 3, 1704 Composer, Violinist. Full name Heinrich Ignaz von Biber. Considered the outstanding violin virtuoso of his time, and one of the most imaginative of all Baroque composers. Certain facets of his music anticipated Romantic and even 20th Century techniques. Biber was born in Wartenberg, Bohemia (now Straz pod Ralskem, Czech Republic), and spent much of his youth in the Bishop of Olmutz's retinue. His brilliance as a violinist was unappreciated there and at age 26 he abandoned his post to join...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Saint Peter's Churchyard Cemetery, Salzburg, Salzburg Stadt, Salzburg, Austria
Brenner, Vytas b. September 19, 1946 d. March 18, 2004 Venezuelan Musician, Composer. He was a highly regarded keyboardist, composer, and arranger who played the piano, organ and synthesizer. His albums, "La Ofrenda De Vytas Brenner" and "Hermanos," are considered some of the best progressive rock to come out of Venezuela. (Bio by: Always with Love) Cause of death: Heart attack Niederalm Cemetery, Salzburg, Salzburg Stadt, Salzburg, Austria
Collins, Harry J. b. December 7, 1895 d. March 8, 1963 US Army General. He graduated from Western Military Academy in 1915, attended the University of Chicago, and joined the Army in 1917. He completed officer training and served on the Texas-Mexico border during the Pancho Villa Expedition and World War I. He served throughout the U.S. after the war and was recognized as an expert on Infantry instruction. Collins completed the Command and General Staff College in 1934 and Army War College in 1935. At the start of World War II he was assigned...[Read More] (Bio by: Bill McKern) Saint Peter's Churchyard Cemetery, Salzburg, Salzburg Stadt, Salzburg, Austria Plot: Grave is opposite the main entrance to St. Peter's Abbey.
Fux, Herbert b. March 25, 1927 d. March 12, 2007 Actor. Born in Hallein, Austria, he appeared in hundreds of films, often in villainous roles, during a career which began in the early 1960s. After years of acting on the European stage, Fux had memorable performances in the films "The Invisible Terror" (1963), "The Quiller Memorandum" (1966), "Funeral in Berlin" (1966), "Dead Run" (1967), "House of 1,000 Dolls" (1967), "The Serpent's Egg" (1977) and "The Three Musketeers" (1993). In addition to acting, Fux was active in Austrian politics. (Bio by: C.S.) Hallein Cemetery, Salzburg, Salzburg Stadt, Salzburg, Austria
Gruber, Franz Xaver b. November 25, 1787 d. July 6, 1863 The composer of "Silent Night," Franz Gruber was serving as church organist in the alpine village of Oberndorf, Austria, when he collaborated with local priest Josef Mohr to create what has been called the "world's most beloved carol." According to legend, on Christmas Eve 1818 the organ at St. Nikolaus Church had broken down, and the two men worked feverishly to come up with a simple hymn that could be played on guitar. In reality, Father Mohr had written a poem entitled "Stille Nacht" two...[Read More] (Bio by: Nikita Barlow) Gruber Museum, Niederarnsdorf, Salzburg-Umgebung Bezirk, Salzburg, Austria Plot: Near museum entrance
Hill, Virginia b. August 26, 1916 d. March 24, 1966 One of the most famous female mobsters. Hill was a courier for the national crime syndicate, shuttling thousands of dollars from one mobster to the next, even overseas. On a mission to Mexico, she was able to pave the way for future drug smuggling routes. She purportedly slept with many gangsters, but was Bugsy Siegel's girlfriend. Hill was summoned before the Kefauver Rackets Committee in 1951. The government was after her for tax evasion so she fled to Europe with her new husband, Hans Hauser...[Read More] Aigen Cemetery, Salzburg, Salzburg Stadt, Salzburg, Austria Plot: Group 521
Jannings, Emil b. July 23, 1884 d. January 3, 1950 Actor. He became a professional actor while still in his teens, making a name for himself as a member of the distinguished Max Reinhardt company in Berlin in the years before World War 1. Although he made his film debut in 1914's "Arme", he got mostly unrewarding parts until the end of the decade, when he began playing prominent historical figures in elaborate German and Italian films, including Madame DuBarry (1919, as Louis XV), Anne Boleyn (1920, as Henry VIII), Peter the Great (1921, in the...[Read More] (Bio by: Rudi Polt) Saint Wolfgang Friedhof, Strobl, Salzburg-Umgebung Bezirk, Salzburg, Austria
Karajan, Herbert von b. April 5, 1908 d. July 16, 1989 Austrian Conductor. Born of Greek Macedonian ancestry, he was the second great grandson of Georg Johannes Karajanis. Georg migrated to Vienna in 1767, eventually moving to Chemnitz in Saxony where he and his brother helped establish the Kingdom of Saxony's cloth industry. He was knighted by King Frederick Augustus III on June 1, 1792. The Karajanis family name became von Karajan. Herbert von Karajan was born in Salzburg into a very musical family on April 5, 1908. After studies in piano and...[Read More] (Bio by: Geoffrey D. Decker) Cause of death: Heart atttack Anif Cemetery, Anif, Salzburg-Umgebung Bezirk, Salzburg, Austria
Mayr, Richard b. November 18, 1877 d. December 1, 1935 Opera Singer. He was an Austrian operatic bass-baritone singer particularly admired for his theatrical performances. He made his professional opera debut to critical acclaim at the Bayreuth Festival in 1902, which led to him being engaged as a principal singer at the Vienna Hofoper for three decades. From 1911 to 1913 and in 1924, he sang at the Royal Opera in London and for three consecutive seasons at the Metropolitan Opera New York City, in the 1930s. He was also a mainstay at the Salzburg...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Saint Peter's Churchyard Cemetery, Salzburg, Salzburg Stadt, Salzburg, Austria Plot: Tomb XXXIII
Mohr, Josef b. December 11, 1792 d. December 4, 1848 The lyricist of "Silent Night," poet-priest Josef Mohr was born into extreme poverty in Salzburg, Austria, but was gifted with keen intelligence and innate musicality. The illegitimate son of seamstress Anna Schoiber and Franz Mohr, a soldier who soon deserted Anna as well as the army, Josef's extraordinary talent attracted the attention of the choirmaster of Salzburg Cathedral, who subsequently sponsored the boy's early education. Mohr later entered Salzburg Seminary and was ordained at the...[Read More] (Bio by: Nikita Barlow) Wagrain Churchyard, Wagrain, Sankt Johann im Pongau Bezirk, Salzburg, Austria
Mozart, Leopold b. November 14, 1719 d. May 28, 1787 Composer, Conductor, and Musician. He is best remembered as the father and teacher of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as well as his noted violin textbook "Versuch einer grundlichen Violinschule." The son of a bookbinder, he attended the local Jesuit school, Saint Salvator Gymnasium and became a skilled violinist and organist. After graduating in 1735, he attended a more advanced school, the St. Salvator Lyceum but withdrew after less than a year. In November 1737 he moved to Salzburg, Austria to...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Saint Sebastian's Cemetery, Salzburg, Salzburg Stadt, Salzburg, Austria Plot: Enter cemetery through entrance on Linzergasse. Walk towards the mausoleum in the center. Grave is third headstone on your left.
Paracelsus, Phillippus Aureolus b. 1493 d. September 24, 1541 Physicist, Chemist. Born Phillippus Theophratus Bombastus von Hohenheim, he was a Medieval Swiss doctor and alchemist, noted for founding medical chemistry. Educated at the University of Ferrara, he was an army physician in Denmark, (1518-21). By 1526, he settled in Austria, where he acquired a reputation as a healer. He formed the basis of medicine for the times and balanced an order to maintain health. His successful cures through chemical, as opposed to herbal, medicines served to support...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Saint Sebastian's Cemetery, Salzburg, Salzburg Stadt, Salzburg, Austria Plot: Enter cemetery through entrance on Linzergasse. Immediately turn left and walk along wall until you reach the first corner. Turn left and walk up the steps; the grave is on your right.
Porsche, Dr. Ferdinand b. September 3, 1875 d. January 30, 1951 Austrian/German Automotive Engineer. Founder of Porsche Motor Cars, creator of the world's first hybrid vehicle (gasoline-electric) the iconic Volkswagen Beetle, and the ground-breaking Mercedes-Benz SS/SSK. He designed the 1923 Benz Tropfenwagen, which was the first race car with mid-engine, rear-wheel drive automobile. Known as the "Great engineer" he designed the German tanks Tiger I, Tiger II, and the Elefant as well as the super-heavy Panzer VIII Maus tank. He also made contributions in...[Read More] (Bio by: Todd Alexander Dale) Schuettgut Chapel, Porsche Family Estate, Zell am See, Zell am See Bezirk, Salzburg, Austria
Purtscheller, Ludwig b. October 6, 1849 d. March 3, 1900 Adventurer. He teamed with Hans Meyer, a German, to be the first humans to reach the top of Kilomnajaro in Afrika in summer of 1889. Meyer's reason for the ascent--the highest peak in Germany should first be climbed by a German and Kilomanjaro was in German East Africa at the time. Born in Innsbruck, Austria, he was first a commerical apprentice in Villach, then became a gymnastics teacher in Klagenfurth for several years before he arrived in Salzburg for a position as gymastics and writing...[Read More] (Bio by: Fred Beisser) Kommunal Friedhof, Salzburg, Salzburg Stadt, Salzburg, Austria Plot: Ehrengrab der Gruppe 24