Alexander Julius Schindler

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Portrait in Der Flea , No. 53 (December 31, 1893)

(Alexander) Julius Schindler , pseudonym Julius von der Traun (born September 26, 1818 in Vienna , † March 16, 1885 ibid) was an Austrian writer and politician .


Education and early career (1818–1847)

Schindler came from a family of merchants and manufacturers. He first attended the Piaristengymnasium in Vienna and then the Schottengymnasium . In 1833 he went to the University of Vienna , where he graduated from philosophical classes and studied higher mathematics, chemistry and technology. He rejected the plan to study medicine because of the family situation. In 1839 he had initially completed his studies. During his studies, he worked in his father's factory in Fischamend for two years , then in 1838 he went to a factory in Steyr as a chemist . Schindler was also active as a writer since 1835.

In 1839, after the family situation had changed, Schindler decided to go back to university. However, he took up his earlier project, the study of medicine, but the study of law . During this time he belonged to a group of artists that included Leopold Kompert and Moritz Hartmann . He was also a member of Johann Nepomuk Vogl's round table , where he met his future friend Ferdinand Sauter . He finished his studies in 1843 and moved back to Steyr in 1844. There he became an official at the magistrate . A period of frequent changes of location and employment followed. In 1845 he moved to Gmunden and became a civil servant at the management of the salt works. After he had received the decree to exercise civil and criminal justice in 1845, he went back to Steyr again and became legal advisor to the princely patrimonial court at Steyr Castle .

Period of political engagement (1847-1870)

Schindler was brought to deal with the then current politics by his employer, Prince Gustav Joachim von Lamberg . This also had an impact on the direction of his writing work. In 1847 he went to Prague, where he stayed until 1848. He worked there with Franz Schuselka and Ignaz Kuranda and published the casual papers for Upper Austria in 1848 . Due to its political orientation, this popular publication prevented an activity in the civil service in Upper Austria after the patrimonial courts were abolished. As a result of his political activities, he finally had to leave Upper Austria and became deputy public prosecutor in Leoben in 1850, and then public prosecutor in Graz in 1852 . In 1854 he was also dismissed from this office because of the casual papers.

Schindler then went to Salzburg . However, there he could not find an adequate job. Therefore, in 1856 he moved to Wolfsberg in Carinthia . There he became domain administrator for Count Hugo Henckel von Donnersmarck . This position gave him a rapid rise. He became a lawyer and general agent for the domains and mines of the kk privileged state railway company in the Kingdom of Hungary . As general secretary of the railway company he was able to return to Vienna in 1859 and then became general secretary of the insurance company Vindobona . He also joined the artists' society The Green Island around 1860 .

Schindler remained active in politics. When the Reichsrat was established in 1861 , he was able to obtain a seat there. The liberal MP Schindler became one of the most prominent and popular MPs of his time because of his rhetorical dexterity and humor, as well as his commitment to the abolition of corporal punishment , among other things . In 1862 he finally obtained the long-awaited notary's office . After less than ten years, in 1870, Schindler lost his seat as a member of parliament.

The last years (1870–1885)

Schindler withdrew almost completely into private life at Schloss Leopoldskron near Salzburg. There he devoted himself more to his writing activities and received guests regularly. These included Theodor Storm , Johann Gabriel Seidl and Franz Stelzhamer , among others . In addition, he arranged for the posthumous works of Anton Schosser to be published . In 1883 his health deteriorated and he had to move back to Vienna, where he finally died in 1885.

Publications (selection)

  • Upper Austria. A sketch castle , Grunow, Leipzig 1848.
  • The Rosenegger romances , Gerold, Vienna 1852.
  • The story of the executioner Rosenfeld and his path , Gerold, Vienna 1852.
  • Theophrastus Paracelsus: Volksdrama in 3 acts , Kolbe, Berlin 1858.
  • Poems , 2 volumes, 1871.
  • Love's labor in vain , 1884.
  • The mountain pastor . In: German Novellenschatz . Edited by Paul Heyse and Hermann Kurz. Vol. 21, 2nd ed. Berlin, [1910], pp. 121–156. In: Weitin, Thomas (Ed.): Fully digitized corpus. The German Novellenschatz . Darmstadt / Konstanz, 2016. ( digitized and full text in the German text archive )


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