Felix Czeike

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Felix Czeike (born August 21, 1926 in Vienna ; † April 23, 2006 in Meran ) was an Austrian historian and popular educator. He was the author and in some cases also editor of numerous publications on the subject of Viennese urban history and was director of the Vienna City and State Archives . His main work is the six-volume Historical Lexicon Vienna .


Felix Czeike, born in 1926 in the 10th district of Vienna , Favoriten , studied history , geography , German literature and art history at the University of Vienna and received his doctorate in philosophy in 1950 . From 1954 he worked in the Vienna City and State Archives and took over its management in 1976, which he held until his retirement in 1989. In 1977 he founded the Vienna branch of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Urban History Research , which was integrated into the city and state archives, and headed it until his death. From 1993 to 2003 he was President of the Association for the History of the City of Vienna . In 1979 he was appointed associate professor at the University of Vienna, and in 1985 he was given the title of Councilor by the Federal President .

Even after his retirement, Czeike devoted himself to the history of Vienna. His main work is the six-volume Historische Lexikon Wien , published from 1992 to 2004 with around 3,700 pages and 30,000 key words, which is considered the standard work on the history of Vienna and is usually simply called the Czeike in specialist circles . The "Great Groner Vienna Lexicon" published by Czeike in 1974 can be regarded as a preliminary stage, the topographical part of which goes back to Richard Groner's "Vienna as it was" (later edited by Otto Erich Deutsch ) and Ernestine Krug collaborated on the biographical part. When creating the Historical Lexicon Vienna, Czeike was supported, among other things, by the collaboration of his wife Helga , who is also named as a co-author in some of his other books. He also drew on the human resources of the Vienna City and State Archives and employed a team of experts with whom he had accumulated specialized knowledge about Vienna. The encyclopedia was made available online as a digitized version by the City of Vienna in 2014 and also served as a database for the Vienna History Wiki .

On April 23, 2006, Felix Czeike died unexpectedly during a stay in Merano. He is buried in an honorary grave in the Hernalser Friedhof (group 14, number 23).

His life's work includes numerous books and hundreds of other publications that deal primarily with the history of the city of Vienna.

2016 in Vienna's 10th district, was favorite , the Czeikestraße named after him.


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  2. ^ Mailath: Maria-Lassnig-Straße decided. In: ots.at. Press and Information Service of the City of Vienna, April 8, 2016, accessed on July 24, 2020 .
  3. List of all decorations awarded by the Federal President for services to the Republic of Austria from 1952 (PDF; 6.9 MB).