Anton Tesarek

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Anton Tesarek (born September 1, 1896 in Vienna , † November 20, 1977 in Vienna) was an Austrian educator and social democratic politician .


Anton Tesarek founded the social democratic youth organization Rote Falken in 1925 . After being in “ protective custody ” (1934), staying in a concentration camp (from 1938), war and prisoner-of-war warfare, Tesarek headed the youth welfare office and the asylum office of the City of Vienna from 1945 and played a leading role in the rebuilding of the Kinderfreunde, whose deputy federal chairman he was from 1947 to 1964.

Anton Tesarek was editor-in-chief of the magazine "Sozialistische Erziehungs" from 1948 to 1960 and from 1955 to 1959 as President of the Socialist Education International. In 1960 he played a decisive role in the creation of the Socialist Education Program (Eisenstadt program).

In 1972 he was elected honorary chairman of Kinderfreunde Austria .

His son Till Tesarek (* April 1921, † January 2003) worked as a neurologist and psychiatrist in Vienna and became known to a larger audience through appearances on the ORF program “ Seniorenclub ”.


On the occasion of the anniversary year "75 Years of Child Friends" in 1983, the Anton Tesarek Prize for socialist education was donated. In 1989 the Tesarekplatz in Vienna- Favoriten (10th district) was named after him.

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Individual evidence

  1. Gertrude Czipke: The typewriter perpetrators. The Vienna Youth Welfare Service from 1945 to 1970 and its contribution to the implementation of a gender system directed against girls, women, “illegitimate” mothers and their children . Thesis. Vienna 2013, p. 169 ( PDF [accessed July 12, 2014]).