Julia Schmidbauer

Uguali uguali ma diversi

La mia generazione di austriaci non ha mai realmente vissuto „tempi duri “. Naturalmente, i nostri nonni ci hanno raccontato la Seconda guerra mondiale, il tempo in cui l’Austria ha dovuto ricostruirsi da zero. Ma quelli erano racconti.
Austria, Western Europe

Story by Julia Schmidbaur. Translated by Giovanna Luisetto
Published on August 30, 2022.

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Sono abbastanza indeciso su come iniziare a scrivere di questo. „Solo scrivendolo su tinder non ho mai ricevuto così tante notifiche “, afferma la mia amica Naomi, „oppure scrivendo di quando hanno evacuato il treno e presi un senza tetto che tossiva addosso ai passeggeri e urinava sul pavimento “. 

Essendo un giornalista, sono abituato a produrre tre articoli al giorno, ma questa volta è diverso. Come descrivere qualcosa che influenza le nostre vite in un modo tale che la mia generazione non ha mai vissuto prima. Il coronavirus è costato caro a molti: In Austria, più di 200.000 persone hanno perso il lavoro in tre settimane, la nostra economia ha perso fino ad oggi 11 miliardi di euro, e la cosa più importante è che ci sono state vittime. Personalmente, per me ha significato che il 15 marzo, ho impacchettato tutti i miei effetti personali in due valigie e sono partito il più velocemente possibile. Mi stavo godendo „l’hotel mamma “, come lo chiamiamo noi, da un po' di tempo ormai. Poiché mia madre a maggio avrebbe compiuto 80 anni, ho pensato che sarebbe stato troppo pericoloso per lei avermi intorno. 

La mia generazione di austriaci non ha mai realmente vissuto „tempi duri “. Naturalmente, i nostri nonni ci hanno raccontato la Seconda guerra mondiale, il tempo in cui l’Austria ha dovuto ricostruirsi da zero. Ma quelli erano racconti. Mia madre, invece, aveva quattro anni quando la Seconda guerra mondiale finì inaspettatamente, ma sta superando senza paura un’altra crisi meglio di me. A quasi 80 anni fa parte della categoria di persone ad alto-rischio ma mantiene alto il morale e fa battute ogni giorno durante le nostre telefonate. Il Corona non le impedisce neanche di nutrire le sue bambine nella domenica di Pasqua, in questo periodo le galline le vengono passate in una borsa della spesa attraverso la finestra.

La mia socialità giornaliera è la mia vicina Marina. Ci siamo incontrati una volta all’ingresso prima del Corona. „Hey… come te la passi in quarantena? “, è stata la nostra seconda frase. Da allora sento che entrambi non vediamo l’ora di chiacchierare dalla finestra, e questo ormai illumina la mia giornata, oltre a scendere di sotto per leggere le mail. 

„I miei amici sono la mia vitamina D “, ha postato un amico recentemente su Instagram. Ed io devo dire che sono d’accordo. L’isolamento sociale ha reso importanti e apprezzate le persone nelle nostre vite come mai prima.  

Dopo avere costretto l’Austria al minimo, sembrava che le colonne su cui era costruito il nostro sistema economico, stessero per crollare. Il nostro sistema sanitario si basa su centinaia di lavoratori che operano a buon mercato, per la maggior parte donne, dell’Europa dell’est. Dopo la chiusura dei confini, sono diventate visibili per la prima volta. Improvvisamente queste donne sono diventate un bene preziosissimo e il nostro governo si sta battendo per centinaia di operatori sanitari affinché si prendano cura degli anziani. 

Ora, poco più di 3 settimane dopo, „abbiamo appiattito la curva “, dissero i funzionari. L’Austria sarà uno dei primi paesi europei a poter ammorbidire le restrizioni. Ma possiamo tornare alla normalità quando questa crisi ci mostra la vulnerabilità del nostro sistema neoliberale come mai prima?

Dobbiamo seguire le regole, il nostro ministro della sanità sta predicando ogni giorno, o i numeri saliranno di nuovo. "Quando torneremo alla normalità?", è il dibattito comune. Ma dovremmo tornare alla normalità? E come sarà la nostra nuova normalità? Alla fine di questo riassunto di come il Corona mi abbia influenzato, mi torna in mente la mia citazione preferita: „Noi danziamo in circolo e ipotizziamo, ma il secreto sta nel mezzo e lo sa. “(Robert Frost)


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Julia Schmidbaur

Julia Schmidbaur

Journalist from Vienna
Borne and raised in 'rudolfscrime' (as we call our 15th district)
02.07 1986
Vienna based, Barcelona at heart

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