Irmtraut Karlsson

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Irmtraut Karlsson , b. Leirer (born May 4, 1944 in Windschau , Moravia ) is an Austrian psychologist, writer and former politician ( SPÖ ). Karlsson was a member of the Federal Council between 1987 and 1993 and a member of the Austrian National Council from 1993 to 1999 .

education and profession

Founding documents of the Social Aid Association for Women and Children at Risk (1978)

Karlsson attended the federal high school in Vienna- Döbling after elementary school and graduated in 1962 with the Matura . After that, she studied at the University of Vienna and received his doctorate in 1971 for Dr. phil. In addition, between 1969 and 1971 she obtained a diploma in sociology at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna.

From 1972 onwards, Karlsson was the head of social-pedagogical basic research in the City of Vienna's municipal department XI. She also taught at the Academy for Social Work. Together with Johanna Dohnal , Christian Broda and others, she founded the Association Social Aid for Women and Children at Risk in 1978 , which created the first women's refuge in Vienna .

After a brief activity in the State Secretariat for General Women's Issues with Minister Dohnal, she took over the office of Secretary General of the Socialist Women's International in London between 1980 and 1986 , where she also lived for five years.

Karlsson has been writing detective novels since 1999 and was awarded the women's crime prize in 2002.


When she returned to Vienna from London, she took on the role of women's secretary from 1985 to 1996 and was sworn in as a member of the Federal Council on January 29, 1987, to which she was a member until October 18, 1993. Karlsson moved to the National Council on October 19, 1993, to which she was initially a member until November 6, 1994. She was also a member of the National Council between December 15, 1994 and January 14, 1996 and from March 14, 1996 to October 28, 1999. During her political time, Karlsson campaigned for a ban on anti-personnel mines and, as a women’s politician, was a co-founder of the first Vienna women's refuge . She was often not on the party line and voted against laws on eavesdropping and computer searches, for example. After the end of her political career, she announced that she wanted to move to Sweden with her husband.

After the end of her political career, Karlsson became actively involved in commemorating the citizens of her home district Vienna-Josefstadt who were abducted, expelled and murdered by National Socialism . One of her significantly shaped association - Stones of Remembrance Josefstadt - set memorial stones in the tradition of the German stumbling blocks , and she also published a book together with Manfred Kerry and Tina Walzer about the expulsion and persecution in Josefstadt.


  • Managed Children - A sociological analysis of children's and young people's homes in the area of ​​the City of Vienna . Institute for Urban Research, Vienna 1976, ISBN 3-7141-7811-2
  • Murder on the Ring . Edition Pro Mente, Linz 2001
  • Death of the truffle collector . Edition Pro Mente, Linz, 2002
  • Mordschmankerln - pastry thriller . Kral Verlag, Berndorf 2006
  • ... lived in Josefstadt: Stones of Remembrance 1938–1945. Edited together with Manfred Kerry and Tina Walzer, Milena-Verlag, Vienna 2008
  • Four short thrillers that appeared in Milenaverlag: The Rubenswunder in Criminalis , Boisenbergs Arkanum in Tatort Wien , Zwetschkenfleck in Fest Essen and Der Rucksack aus Beirut in Mörderisch
  • Managed Childhood. The Austrian home scandal , with Georg Hönigsberger, Kral Verlag, Berndorf 2013, ISBN 978-3-99024-189-9
  • with Petra Weiß: Die Toten von Bruck: Documents tell history , Kral Verlag, ISBN 978-3902447432

Individual evidence

  1. profile 28/99 of July 12, 1999: Out of the house

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