Ludwig Draxler

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Ludwig Draxler (born May 18, 1896 in Vienna , † November 28, 1972 in Währing ) was an Austrian lawyer and finance minister.


Ludwig Draxler was born the son of a senior civil servant and attended a humanistic grammar school in Vienna-Landstrasse . During the First World War , he reached the rank of first lieutenant in the Air Regiment No. 1 . Draxler studied law at the Universities of Innsbruck and Vienna . In 1919 he was reciprocated in the Corps Rhaetia . Together with the later Heimwehr leader Ernst Rüdiger Starhemberg , he belonged to the Freikorps Oberland and took part in the fighting in the Upper Silesian voting area .

After receiving his doctorate in 1922, Draxler initially worked as a lawyer and criminal defense attorney. He became vice-president of the Lower Austrian trade association and member of the board of directors of several companies such as Hirtenberger Patronen- und Metallwarenfabriks AG , Österreichische Creditanstalt and Radio Verkehrs AG . In 1928 he became a member of the Heimwehr and, as a lawyer, was a consultant for the Heimwehr federal leadership. In 1930 he set up an independent law firm. In 1934 he became Vice President of the Austrian Credit Institute for Public Enterprises and Works , in whose reorganization he was involved.

In the authoritarian corporate state he was a member of the State Council and the Bundestag from 1934–1938 , where he was chairman of the Finance and Budget Committee. From October 17, 1935 he held the office of finance minister (during this time he was represented in the State Council and the Bundestag by a substitute member). When the influence of the Heimwehr in the government of Kurt Schuschnigg was pushed back, this also meant the end of Draxler as finance minister on November 3, 1936.

He was arrested during the “Anschluss” of Austria on March 14, 1938 and deported to the Dachau concentration camp on the transport of celebrities . Large parts of his property were confiscated. He was released on August 11, 1939. He then worked as a lawyer and syndic of Dresdner Bank .

In occupied post-war Austria , he represented the Habsburg-Lothringen family as a lawyer . He was also the administrator of the Starhemberg estates and a lawyer for West German corporations and the Fiat concern . In the 1950s he became chairman of the supervisory board of Hirtenberger AG and sat on the supervisory boards of numerous other companies.

Ludwig Draxler was married and had four children. He was buried in the Grinzing cemetery .


  • Ernst Bruckmüller (Ed.): Personal Lexicon Austria . Verlagsgemeinschaft Österreich-Lexikon, Vienna 2001, ISBN 3-95004-387-X , p. 92.
  • Gertrude Enderle-Burcel , Johannes Kraus: Christian - Estates - Authoritarian. Mandataries in the corporate state 1934–1938. Ed .: Documentation archive of the Austrian Resistance and Austrian Society for Historical Source Studies, Vienna 1991, ISBN 3-901142-00-2 , p. 56 f.

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  1. ^ A b c Wolfgang Fritz : Austria's Finance Minister - 35th part: Ludwig Draxler: Austrofascist, Hitler victim and cellmate Bruno Kreisky. In: Wiener Zeitung . March 25, 2003, accessed December 16, 2018 .
  2. Kösener Corpslisten 1996, 125 , 187.