Milo Dor

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Milo Dor (born March 7, 1923 as Milutin Doroslovac in Budapest , † December 5, 2005 in Vienna ) was an Austrian writer of Serbian origin, also a translator, mediator between different literatures and lawyer for Austrian authors. He wrote numerous socially critical novels without spurning the entertaining. He became best known with his trilogy Raikow-Saga , which appeared in a volume in 1979, and almost 10 years later with his intervention in the Waldheim affair .


The son of a surgeon and a mother who ran a beauty salon, grew up in the Banat and later in Belgrade . He attended high school. As a schoolboy he was a member of the Communist Youth and tried his hand at poetry in Serbo-Croatian . In 1940 he was expelled from school for organizing a school strike. In 1941 he passed his Abitur as an external student. He was active in the Yugoslav resistance movement against the German occupation. Arrested in March 1942 by the Belgrade special police, which was subordinate to the German Gestapo , he suffered imprisonment and camp stays, including torture. In 1943 the Germans deported him to Vienna as a foreign worker . Another arrest followed in 1944, followed by protective custody .

After the end of World War II , Dor stayed in Austria. He studied theater studies and Romance studies at the University of Vienna until 1949 and at the same time worked as a journalist who wrote German. He was friends with Hans Weigel and Reinhard Federmann , with whom he wrote numerous books together. Franz Theodor Csokor and Erich Kästner sponsored him. From 1951 he was a member of Group 47 .

His first documentary novel, Dead on Vacation, from 1952, received a lot of attention. However, even with his third, autobiographical novel The White City from 1969 (“Held” is a former revolutionary who has sunk into the shabby petty bourgeoisie), he did not succeed in “the great time novel”, according to the lexicon of German-speaking writers . Perhaps Dor's heavy writing was at the expense of quality. Wanting to earn a living from writing, he was enormously productive, tireless as a radio and television play writer as well as editor and translator. His novel The Last Sunday. Report on the assassination attempt in Sarajevo in 1982 is the basis of the play The Shots of Sarajevo by his son Milan Dor and Stephan Lack. The play was premiered on April 3, 2014 at the Theater in der Josefstadt .

Message in a bottle against nationalism

The multilingual Dor considered prejudices to be the "cancer of the soul". “I don't know whether books can help dismantle national barriers and thus facilitate understanding between different peoples, but I have no other weapons than words that might one day reach some young readers in a bottle and encourage them to think become."


Vienna Central Cemetery , honor grave of Milo Dor

Dor lived with his second wife (married in 1955) until her death in 2002, then alone, mainly near Vienna , but also in Rovinj on the Croatian peninsula of Istria . His son is the well-known Austrian filmmaker Milan Dor . From 1961 Dor was a member of the Freemason Lodge Libertas , 1965 a founding member of the Lodge Libertas Gemina , 1970 a founding member of the Lodge Zu den 3 Lichtern , 2004 a founding member of the Lodge Eos and a member of the Royal Arch .

Milo Dor died after a heart attack in a Viennese hospital in 2005 and was buried in a grave of honor in the Vienna Central Cemetery (group 33 G, number 36). In his eulogy , his colleague Michael Scharang took Dor's streak for comedy into consideration: “It tightens your heart. A more common contradiction is neither conceivable nor perceptible than that between the radiant appearance of Milo Dor and the fact that this wonderful person, who made every room he entered enlarged by his presence alone, is now dependent on the confines of a coffin. "

In 2014, the Milo-Dor-Weg in Vienna- Floridsdorf (21st district) was named after him.



  • On road. Stories. Müller, Vienna 1947.
  • Dead on vacation. Novel. German publishing house, Stuttgart 1952.
  • And one follows the other. Detective novel. Nest-Verlag, Nuremberg 1953 (together with Reinhard Federmann ).
  • International zone. Novel. Forum, Vienna 1953 (with Reinhard Federmann).
  • the underground stream: dreams in the middle of the century. one try. Series Studio Frankfurt, number 9. Edited by Alfred Andersch . Studio frankfurt at the Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt, Frankfurt / Main 1953 (with Reinhard Federmann).
  • Romeo and Juliet in Vienna. Kindler and Schiermeyer, Munich 1954 (with Reinhard Federmann).
  • Guide through Yugoslavia. Travel Guide. Kiepenheuer u. Witsch, Cologne 1955 (under the name Alex Lutin).
  • Othello from Salerno. Novel. Kindler, Munich 1956 (with Reinhard Federmann).
  • Nothing but memory. Novel. Goverts, Stuttgart 1959, filmed in 1973 .
  • The woman on the medallion. Novel. Book club Donauland, Vienna 1959 (under the name Alexander Dormann).
  • The face of our century. 60 years of current affairs in more than 600 pictures. Illustrated book. Econ, Düsseldorf 1960 (with Reinhard Federmann).
  • Salto mortale. Stories. Arche, Zurich 1960.
  • The adventures of Mr. Rafaeljan. Novel. Signum, Gütersloh 1963 (with Reinhard Federmann).
  • The political joke. Desch, Munich 1964 (with Reinhard Federmann).
  • The son of the vizier. Fairy tales from Yugoslavia. Youth and Volk, Vienna 1965.
  • Ballad from the human body. Stiasny, Graz 1966.
  • The gallant joke. Desch, Munich 1966 (with Reinhard Federmann).
  • The grotesque joke. Desch, Munich 1968 (with Reinhard Federmann).
  • The white city. Novel. Hoffmann & Campe, Hamburg 1969.
  • Minuet. Farce in 3 acts (fourteen images). Thomas-Sessler u. a., Vienna 1971.
  • The horse on the balcony. Youth book. Youth and Volk, Vienna 1971 (filmed in 2012)
  • All of my brothers. Novel. Bertelsmann, Munich 1978.
  • The Raikow saga. Novel trilogy: Nothing but memories , dead on vacation , the white city . Langen Müller, Munich 1979.
  • Istria. Edition Hilger, Vienna 1981 (with Leo Zogmayer ).
  • My trips to Vienna and other aberrations. Stories. Langen Müller, Munich 1981.
  • The last sunday. Report on the attack in Sarajevo. Amalthea, Vienna 1982.
  • The corpse in the basement. Documents of resistance to Dr. Kurt Waldheim. Picus, Vienna 1988.
  • On the wrong boat. Fragments of an autobiography. Zsolnay, Vienna 1988.
  • Looking for a bigger home. Travelogues. Lower Austrian Press House, St. Pölten 1988.
  • A hard day. Drama, Sessler, Vienna 1989.
  • The man who could fly. Narrative. Picus, Vienna 1990.
  • Questions from an old-fashioned humanist. Speech on the occasion of the award of the honorary prize of the Austrian book trade for tolerance in thought and action. Main association d. Austrian book trade, Vienna 1990 (with a laudation by Alexander Giese ).
  • Goodbye, Yugoslavia. Logs of a decay. Müller, Salzburg 1993.
  • Central Europe. Myth or Reality. Müller, Salzburg 1996.
  • And if they haven't died ... political thriller. Picus, Vienna 1996 (with Reinhard Federmann).
  • Vienna, July 1999. A story. Zsolnay, Vienna 1997.
  • Crossing boundaries. Positions of a combative humanist. Picus, Vienna 2003.

Some books have been translated into English, French, Serbian, Dutch, Danish or Swedish.


  • It's not easy to be a man , Munich 1955
  • The Exiles , anthology, Graz 1962
  • Murdered literature , poet of the Russian Revolution, Salzburg 1963 (together with Reinhard Federmann )
  • Comrade Socrates , Vienna 1963
  • Televisions: new television games , Vienna 1963
  • The flight of Ikaros , radio play, Herrenalb / Black Forest 1964
  • A thousand years of love , a classic of erotic literature, Vienna 1964
  • A medal for Argil , anthology of Yugoslavian prose, Herrenalb / Black Forest 1965
  • In memoriam Reinhard Federmann , Vienna 1977
  • Write how you are silent , Serbian Aphorisms, Vienna 1984
  • The corpse in the basement , Vienna 1988
  • With your head through the wall , Serbian Aphorisms, Graz 1988
  • The black light , Serbian storytellers of the present, Vienna 1990
  • Writers and potentates , writings from five centuries, Vienna 1991
  • To err is human. And patriotic , Salzburg 1994
  • Arrived: Texts from authors who came to Vienna, Vienna 2005


  • with Elisabeth Moltkau : Stephen Crane : The flag of courage. Frankfurt am Main 1955.
  • Ivo Andrić : The damn court. Berlin 1957.
  • with Reinhard Federmann: moon over the gypsy car. Serbian songs. Munich 1959.
  • with Reinhard Federmann: Georges Simenon : Maigret and the shadow at the window . Cologne 1959.
  • with Reinhard Federmann: Isaak Babel : Two worlds. Munich 1960.
  • Isaac Babel: The Stories of Isaac Babel. Munich 1961.
  • Ivo Andrić: Veli Pasha's mistress. Novellas. Zurich 1962.
  • with Alois Schmaus , Reinhard Federmann: Ivo Andrić: The bridge over the Zepa. Hamburg 1963.
  • Miroslav Krleža : The Glembays . Drama. Graz 1963.
  • Miroslav Krleža: In agony. Drama. Graz 1964.
  • Miroslav Krleža: Leda. Drama. Graz 1964.
  • with Isolde Kolbenhoff : Georges Simenon: Maigret and the twins. Stuttgart 1964.
  • Miroslav Krleža: Galicia. Drama. Vienna 1971.
  • Miroslav Krleža: The Wolf's Gorge. Vienna 1977.
  • with Reinhard Federmann: Isaak Babel: Petersburg 1918. Pfullingen 1977.
  • Ivo Brean : Hamlet in Unterschlammdorf. Vienna 1978.
  • Vasko Popa : Wolf earth. Munich 1979.
  • Branislav Nušić : The power. Vienna 1983.
  • Milovan Vitezović : Man, get angry. Aphorisms. Vienna 1985.
  • Dušan Kovačević : The professional. Berlin 1991.
  • Vasko Popa: The little box. Klagenfurt 1993.
  • with Karl Dedecius : Vasko Popa: Nebenhimmel. Munich.
  • with Reinhard Federmann: Ivo Andrić: Buffet Titanic. Klagenfurt 1995.
  • Bogdan Bogdanović : The damned builder. Vienna 1997.
  • Ildi Ivanji : Betting on goal. Vienna 2000.
  • Jovan Sekelj : Memoirs of an Antihero. Vienna 2003.
  • Stanislav Vinaver : Vienna. Vienna 2003.


  • Peter Grünauer (Ed.): The big little village from which we come. For Milo Dor. Edition Maioli, Vienna 1983, ISBN 3-90040-711-8 .
  • Helmuth A. Niederle (Ed.): Milo Dor. Contributions and materials. Zsolnay, Vienna 1988, ISBN 3-55204-032-3 .
  • Dragi Bugarčić (ed.): A novel about Milo Dor. Müller, Salzburg / Vienna 2003, ISBN 3-70131-065-3 .
  • Jacques Lajarrige (Ed.): Milo Dor. Budapest - Belgrade - Vienna. Paths of an Austrian Writer. Symposium, Paris May 16-17 , 2003. Müller, Salzburg / Vienna 2004, ISBN 3-70131-091-2 .
  • Milo Dor in the Vienna History Wiki of the City of Vienna

Web links

Commons : Milo Dor  - collection of images, videos and audio files



  1. Explanations of this cooperation with Federmann are given by Dor in his book On the wrong steamer , see excerpt. (No longer available online.) In: Kritische Ausgabe 1/2003: Krieg., archived from the original on February 17, 2006 ; accessed on February 24, 2018 .
  2. Leipzig 1972
  3. An examination of fascism and Stalinism
  4. ↑ Made into a film by his son in 1994 (see International Zone , accessed on February 24, 2018)
  5. Treats Dor's multilingual childhood in Vojvodina .
  6. Brief discussion, published in DER SPIEGEL 28/1959 , accessed on June 11, 2011
  7. From a bird's eye view, he becomes aware of the social and ecological destruction that humans cause on earth
  8. Dor laments the nationalist strife and the collapse of the federal government, but seems to approve of the NATO intervention, see Thomas J. Schulz: "Always on the wrong steamer" - an interview with the Austro-Hungarian writer Milo Dor. (No longer available online.) In: Zeitschrift für KulturAustausch 3/1998., 1998, archived from the original on September 5, 2012 ; accessed on February 24, 2018 .

Individual evidence

  1. The Sarajevo Shots . Accessed February 24, 2018 at
  2. Thomas J. Schulz: "Always on the wrong boat" - An interview with the Austro-Hungarian writer Milo Dor. (No longer available online.) In: Zeitschrift für KulturAustausch 3/1998., archived from the original on September 5, 2012 ; accessed on February 24, 2018 .
  3. ^ Günter K. Kodek: The chain of hearts remains closed. Members of the Austrian Masonic lodges 1945 to 1985. Löcker, Vienna 2014, ISBN 978-3-85409-706-8 , p. 41 .
  4. Michael Scharang: Funerary Speech on Milo Dor - given in Vienna on December 19, 2005 . In: Literature and Criticism , Salzburg, March 2006; online at, accessed on February 24, 2018
  5. ^ Milo-Dor-Weg in the Vienna History Wiki of the City of Vienna
  6. 10542 / AB XXIV. GP - Inquiry response (electronically transmitted version) , p. 669 ( PDF , approx. 6.59 MB). On April 23, 2012 from, accessed on February 24, 2018
  7. 10542 / AB XXIV. GP - Inquiry response (electronically transmitted version) , p. 1530 ( PDF , approx. 6.59 MB). On April 23, 2012 from, accessed on February 24, 2018
  8. ↑ Gold Medal for Milo Dor . On January 21, 2004 at, accessed on February 24, 2018
  9. ↑ A novel about Milo Dor . From, accessed on February 24, 2018