Alfred Rausnitz

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Alfred Richard Viktor Rausnitz (* 1876 in Vienna ; † 1956 ) was the Austrian provincial administrator and from 1922 to 1923 the first governor of Burgenland .


Alfred Rausnitz studied law at the University of Vienna and joined the police service after completing his studies and became head of the press department at the Vienna Police Department.

In March 1918 he was appointed head of the newly established police commissioner in the city of Wiener Neustadt . This was a sensitive and responsible post because a revolutionary mood arose in the industrial district after the world war. In 1919 Rausnitz was given the task of organizing border protection against Hungary . In 1921 he was in charge of the entire border protection against Hungary and was thus fully concerned with the Burgenland question. For the failed occupation of Burgenland in August 1921 by the gendarmerie under Alfred Rausnitz, see Landnahme des Burgenlandes .

After Robert Davy resigned as administrator of Burgenland in early 1922 , he was appointed as his successor. Until the summer of 1922, he managed the establishment of a functioning state administration with simultaneous alignment with the Austrian system. With the constitution of the Burgenland state parliament, the office of state administrator expired. At the same meeting, Rausnitz was elected Burgenland's first governor. As a result, Alfred Rausnitz, who was not linked to the party, chose the Christian Social Party position in the course of a school debate, which is why the Social Democratic Party pushed for his removal as governor.

In the capital issue, Rausnitz exposed itself for Wiener Neustadt. The proposal was to separate the Theresian Academy from the urban area and incorporate it into Burgenland. This initiative was opposed. When Rausnitz subsequently compromised in the so-called Piringsdorf affair , a vote of no confidence was prepared against Rausnitz. In order to avoid being dismissed as governor, he resigned himself on July 14, 1923.

He is buried in the St. Leonhard Cemetery in Graz .