Jörg Mauthe

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Mauthe at a meeting in the studio of the station Rot-Weiß-Rot (1954 at the latest)

Jörg Mauthe (born May 11, 1924 in Vienna ; † January 29, 1986 there ) was an Austrian journalist, writer and cultural politician.

Memorial plaque on Mauthe's house


After high school, Mauthe studied art history and German at the University of Vienna . In 1948, with his work on Venetian House Shapes of the Middle Ages, he was named Dr. phil. PhD. From 1947 he worked as a journalist, from 1950 as an art critic for the Catholic weekly newspaper Die Furche and from 1955 as the culture editor of the Vienna daily newspaper Die Presse .

At the same time Mauthe was head of the Wort department at the US occupation broadcaster Rot-Weiß-Rot , where he a. a. worked with Peter Weiser , the director Walter Davy and 1951–1953 with Ingeborg Bachmann , who wrote for the popular radio series Die Radiofamilie (1952–1960) designed by him . He also oversaw the very successful critical-satirical weekly program Der Watschenmann (1950–1955 and 1967–1974).

From 1967, when Gerd Bacher was appointed head of ORF , the state radio and television company, after the radio referendum , he was culture editor and program planner for ORF television, where he also worked on scripts, such as in 1968 for Die Donaugeschichten and in the 1980s for the Merian family . From 1975 Mauthe worked as a columnist for the Vienna daily Kurier .

The then regional party chairman of the ÖVP Vienna, Erhard Busek , was able to win over the non-party Mauthe to work. From 1978 to 1986 he was a (non-executive) city councilor for the ÖVP (see state government and city senate Gratz III , Gratz IV and Zilk I ), and until 1983 also a member of the Vienna state parliament and municipal council .

As a city politician, Mauthe was particularly committed to the preservation of the cityscape and the preservation of monuments, the revival of the real Viennese song , the Beisel culture and the New Viennese cuisine and was the spiritual father of the Grätzel festivals and the city festival. The “Altwiener Christkindlmarkt” on the Freyung , an Advent market based on the old Viennese model, also goes back to the idea of ​​Jörg Mauthe.

During the conflict in the Hainburger Au in 1984, the avowed environmentalist stood on the side of the occupants. At the press conference of the animals in support of the "Konrad Lorenz referendum" against the construction of the power station, he appeared disguised as a black stork .

In 1972 the avid tarot player bought the Mollenburg castle ruins near Weiten in the Waldviertel , which he restored and where his urn is kept in the tower of the old castle.

In his literary works (especially in the two novels The Great Heat and Die Vielgeliebte ) the Protestant Mauthe always dealt with Austria and especially with Vienna. He was constantly asking himself about Austrian. Mauthe's role models were Nestroy , Raimund , Musil , Roth and Doderer . Mauthe saw the typically Austrian way of life (Catholic tradition, language, etc.) as an antagonism to the (Protestant) "German".

Mauthe dealt with his approaching death in the 1986 posthumously published text Soon . It begins with an entry in his diary dated July 8, 1985: I'll die soon. I understood it in the first minute of the visit .


  • Theodor Körner Prize
  • 1987: On the first anniversary of his death, the memorial plaque was unveiled on his former home in Vienna's 9th district, Günthergasse 1.
  • 1987: Call for tenders for the Dr. Jörg Mauthe Prize for exemplary work in the Vienna cityscape.
  • 1991: Name of Jörg-Mauthe-Platz in the 9th Viennese district, Alsergrund ; the square is the intersection between Porzellangasse, Servitengasse, Schlickgasse and Berggasse.


Own publications

  • The fool's adventures and opinions . With pen drawings by the author. Wiener Verlag, Vienna 1947.
  • Together with Peter Weiser : Floriani family. A Viennese course of the year in thirty pictures. After the “radio family” of the station “Red-White-Red” . With illustrations by Erni Kniepert . Kremayr & Scheriau, Vienna 1954.
  • Viennese etiquette . With drawings by Rudolf Rhomberg. Andermann, Vienna 1956.
    New edition: With illustrations by Rudolf Rhomberg. Hunna, Vienna 1965.
    How to be a Viennese . Illustrations by Rudolf Rhomberg. English translation by Majorie Kerr Wilson. Hunna, Vienna 1966.
    New edition: With drawings by Rudolf Angerer. Amalthea, Vienna 2007, ISBN 978-3-85002-060-2 .
  • Vienna for beginners. A course in 10 lessons . With drawings by Paul Flora . Diogenes, Zurich 1959.
    New edition: Edition Löwenzahn, Innsbruck 2001, ISBN 3-7066-2270-X .
  • The trained Viennese . With drawings by Wilfried Zeller-Nahrungsmittelberg . Forum, Vienna 1961.
  • Together with Barbara Pflaum : How is Vienna . Hunna, Vienna 1961.
  • ... like to dine? With drawings by Wilfried Zeller-Nahrungsmittelberg. Forum, Vienna 1962.
  • The great heat or the salvation of Austria by the Legation Councilor Dr. Tuzzi . Molden, Vienna 1974, ISBN 3-217-00605-4 .
    New edition: Edition Atelier, Vienna 2011, ISBN 978-3-900379-10-0 and 2017, ISBN 978-3-903005-30-3 .
  • Reflection book for Austrians, especially for Austrophiles, Austromasochists, Austrophobes and other Austrians . Molden, Vienna 1975, ISBN 3-217-00702-6 .
    New edition: Edition Atelier, Vienna 1987, ISBN 3-900379-11-4 .
  • Vienna - a walk through a city . With photographs by Fred Peer. Residenz, Salzburg 1975.
    Revised edition: Residenz, Salzburg 1979, ISBN 3-7017-0215-2 .
  • The beloved . Molden, Vienna 1979, ISBN 3-217-00992-4 .
    New edition: Edition Atelier, Vienna 2011, ISBN 978-3-900379-03-2 .
  • Coming soon or The Stone of Sisyphus . Edition Atelier, Vienna 1986, ISBN 3-7008-0327-3 .
    New edition: Edition Atelier, Vienna 2012, ISBN 3-900379-09-2
  • The citizens of Schmeggs. Diary of someone unfamiliar with the area . With illustrations by Paul Flora. Edition Atelier, Vienna 1989, ISBN 3-900379-30-0 .
  • The end of the world in Vienna and how to survive it, Austriacian insights into future prospects. Edition Atelier, Vienna 1989, ISBN 3-900379-35-1 .

Other publications

  • (Ed.): Wiener Meisterfeuilletons from Kürnberger to Hofmannsthal . Wiener Verlag, Vienna 1946.
  • (Ed.): Wiener Lesebuch . Edition Atelier, Vienna 1983, ISBN 3-900379-01-7 .
  • (Ed.): New Vienna Reading Book . Edition Atelier, Vienna 1985.

In 1980 Mauthe founded the “ Wiener Journal ”, which appeared until 2004 with the orientation “against the zeitgeist” he had specified and has since been continued as a lifestyle magazine by the “ Wiener Zeitung ”.

He published numerous other articles and essays, such as the preface to:

  • Christian Brandstätter (Ed.): Austria as it was. Photographic views 1860–1925 . Photographs by Bruno Reiffenstein a. a. Molden, Vienna 1981, ISBN 978-3-217-00902-8 .


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The Austrian Advertising Museum has a single episode of this 25-minute early evening classic with, among others, Theo Lingen , Willy Millowitsch , Erich Padalewski and Walter Niesner , who portrayed himself.
  2. Johannes Hahn : Interview. stadtblicke.at / Archiv / 2005 / 03-05, May 2005, accessed on April 17, 2009 (" Party-independent people like Jörg Mauthe [have] a great tradition with us .").
  3. ^ Johann Werfring: Contemplative Viennese Christmas Grätzel In: "Wiener Zeitung" of December 2, 2011, supplement "Wiener Journal", pp. 30–31.
  4. Wolfgang Mayr and Robert Sedlaczek: Jörg Mauthe: An ambassador of the tarot game. Wiener Zeitung , September 9, 2005, accessed on April 17, 2009 .
  5. The double lottery. Tricky court case in Vienna: does a letter writer from the afterlife have copyrights? In: Der Spiegel . No. 14 , 1991 ( online ).