Otto Probst

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Otto Urban Probst (born December 29, 1911 in Vienna ; † December 22, 1978 there ) was an Austrian politician ( SPÖ ).


From 1926 to 1930 Probst attended the trade school. From 1932 to 1934 he worked in the youth protection office of the Chamber of Labor in Vienna for the welfare campaign Youth in Need and Youth at Work , then unemployed. The trained lithographer was a member of the illegal Revolutionary Socialists between 1934 and 1938 . During this dictatorship he was imprisoned twice for political issues.

After Austria was " annexed " to Hitler's Germany , Probst worked as an electric welder from 1938 to 1939, then interned in Buchenwald concentration camp from 1939 to 1943 . Then he was until the war ended in a disciplinary unit of the Wehrmacht on the Eastern Front.

From 1946 to 1970 he was central secretary of the SPÖ, from 1970 to 1974 chairman of the SPÖ Vienna. He was also the long-time chairman of the district organization Favoriten (10th district), the strongest of the SPÖ in Vienna. Probst was therefore half-jokingly referred to as Kaiser von Favoriten in the media .

From the beginning of the Second Republic ( election to the National Council on November 25, 1945 ) until his death in 1978, Probst was five to fourteen members of the National Council in the ten legislative periods .

From 27 March 1963 until the end of the grand coalition on April 19, 1966 Probst was in the federal government Gorbach II and the I Federal Government Klaus Federal Minister of Transport and electricity industries. During his term of office, the dispute over a ship christening in Fußach on Lake Constance took place.

From 1970 onwards he held the office of Third President of the National Council for three legislative periods . Probst died in December 1978 in his study in parliament and was buried in a grave of honor in Vienna's central cemetery (group 14 C, number 36).

In 1987 in Vienna- Favoriten (10th district) Otto-Probst-Strasse and in 1989 Otto-Probst-Platz were named after him.


Individual evidence

  1. a b c General Directorate of the Austrian Federal Railways: Almanac of the Austrian Railways Vienna 1966.
  2. Thanks to resistance fighters. In: The New Reminder Call . Volume 30, No. 6 June 1977 (online at ANNO ).

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