Johann Josef Mittelberger

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Johann Josef Mittelberger (born November 7, 1879 in Götzis , Vorarlberg , † April 10, 1963 in Bregenz , Vorarlberg) was an Austrian politician .


Mittelberger, son of a farmer , grew up in Feldkirch , where he was a student of the local high school . After graduating from high school , he studied German and philology at the University of Innsbruck . He received his doctorate in 1905. Mittelberger earned his first living as a teacher at a high school.

In 1918 he ventured into politics when he became a member of the Christian Social Party (CSP) in the Vorarlberg state parliament . Initially only active in the provisional state assembly, he became a full member of the state parliament in 1919. In 1923, the Vorarlberg governor Otto Ender appointed him to his cabinet and made Mittelberger Vorarlberg's financial councilor. Under his leadership, Vorarlberg became Austria's leading federal state in the energy sector thanks to targeted investments.

In 1929, after the resignation of Federal Chancellor Ignaz Seipel , Mittelberger himself was discussed as a candidate for chancellor for a short time; but it turned out differently. Ernst Streeruwitz , the new Chancellor, appointed Mittelberger as the new Finance Minister of the Republic of Austria in May 1929 . Mittelberger's tenure, however, lasted just under five months; as early as September 1929 he had to leave the official business to his successor, Johann Schober .

In 1934, in the wake of the emergence of Austrofascism , Mittelberger, who consistently pursued democratic principles, left politics. He refused to move again to the Vorarlberg state government. Its rejection of the Nazi regime was against him in August 1944 undoing when he spoke of the secret police , and after about two months in the present on German territory municipality was arrested (Gestapo) Reichenau was imprisoned.

In 1945 Mittelberger took over the Vorarlberg power plants as commercial director ; In 1950 he retired.

He died at the age of 83.


1934: Large decoration on the ribbon for services to the Republic of Austria


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