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Vienna in Innenstadt, Wien, Austria
 

Johann Pollet

 
 
Johann Pollet Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 15, 2017
1. Johann Pollet Marker
Inscription.  
Vor dem Burgtor widersetzte sich am 13. März 1848 der Oberfeuerwerker Johann Pollet mit Gefahr seines eigenen Lebens dem Befehl die Kanonen gegen die Volksmenge abzufeuern

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(English translation:)

In front of the palace gate, on March 13, 1848, and at great risk to his own life, Officer Johann Pollet refused the order to fire the cannons at the crowd
 
Location. 48° 12.498′ N, 16° 21.986′ E. Marker is in Vienna, Wien, in Innenstadt. Marker is at the intersection of Michaelerplatz and Herrengasse, on the left when traveling north on Michaelerplatz. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Michaelerplatz 2, Vienna, Wien 1010, Austria.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Michael's Church Women's World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Das alte Burgtheater / The Old Court Theater (within shouting distance of this marker); Das Michaeler Bierhaus (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Frederic Chopin

Johann Pollet Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 15, 2017
2. Johann Pollet Marker - wide view
(about 90 meters away); Dietrich von Hildebrand (about 150 meters away); Roman Ruins (about 210 meters away); Hans Christian Andersen (about 210 meters away); Josef Sonnleithner (about 240 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vienna.
 
Also see . . .
1. Pollet, Johann (Austria Forum). "b. Prague (Czech Republic), 1814, d. Vienna, Sept. 13, 1872, officer. Hero of the 1848 March Revolution in Vienna; on March 13 he refused to obey Archduke Maximilian's order to fire into the crowd of demonstrators." (Submitted on August 14, 2018.) 

2. German revolutions of 1848–49 (Wikipedia). "On March 13, 1848 university students mounted a large street demonstration in Vienna, and it was covered by the press across the German-speaking states. Following the important, but relatively minor, demonstrations against Lola Montez in Bavaria on February 9, 1848, the first major revolt of 1848 in German lands occurred in Vienna on March 13, 1848. The demonstrating students in Vienna had been restive and were encouraged by a sermon of Anton Füster, a liberal priest, on Sunday, March 12, 1848 in their university chapel. The student demonstrators demanded a constitution and a constituent assembly elected by universal male suffrage. Emperor Ferdinand and his chief advisor Metternich directed troops to crush the demonstration. When demonstrators moved to the streets near the palace, the troops fired on the students, killing several. The new working class of Vienna joined the student demonstrations, developing an armed insurrection. The Diet of Lower Austria demanded Metternich's resignation. With no forces rallying to Metternich's defense, Ferdinand reluctantly complied and dismissed him. The former chancellor went into exile in London." (Submitted on August 14, 2018.) 
 
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