Siegfried Strakosch von Feldringen

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Siegfried Strakosch von Feldringen

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Birthplace: South Moravia, Czech Republic
Death: Died in Abbazia, Italy
Immediate Family:

Son of Isidor (Israel) Strakosch and Pauline Strakosch
Husband of Wally v. Strakosch-Feldringen and Rosa Strakosch
Father of Christine "Christl" Rosa Pauline Patzau; Lilly Schnitzler; Hans von Strakosch-Feldringen and Dr. Georg von Strakosch-Feldringen
Brother of Wilhelmine Strakosch; Clotilde Brettauer; Sidonie Heller and Leontine Schmeichler

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About Siegfried Strakosch von Feldringen

...am 19. Mai 1867 in Brünn geborenen Zuckerindustriellen Dr. Siegfried Strakosch. Ein Sohn, Georg Strakosch, der später die Leitung der Hohenauer Zuckerfabrik übernahm. 1913 wurde Dr. Siegfried Strakosch von Kaiser Franz Joseph in den erblichen Adelsstand mit dem Prädikate „von Feldringen“ erhoben. Dr. Siegfried Strakosch-Feldringen starb 1933.

Birth appears in the Czech Jewish Registers at www.badatelna.cz/fond/1073, Brno, May 19, 1867, image #104 of 203.

A 3-column obituary written by friend Felix Salten (author of Bambi) appears in Neue Freie Presse, April 20, 1933, page 2, at http://anno.onb.ac.at/cgi-content/anno?aid=nfp&datum=19330420&seite=2&zoom=33

After Siegfried's death, his wife (Wally Strakosch, see at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~prohel/names/misc/goldberger.html#strak) published, under the title "Dr. Siegfried Strakosch von Feldringen, 1867-1933," a complete list of his publications and of the significant published obituaries, as well as an autobiographical essay by Dr. Strakosch as he wrote it (1927) to preface his intended publication of a collection of his essays. Mrs. Strakosch's publication is a 27-page private-printing; a copy is in the BYU Library in Utah (call number QH 31 .576 576x). It is the source of the pen-and-ink drawing (1924) of Siegfried Strakosch attached to this record.

Siegfried Strakosch wrote, "I started my professional activity at some distance from the agricultural fields. Already by the age of 14, and through two decades, I was employed in the textile mill my family owned in Brno. There I enjoyed my time [and it seemed a] proud privilege to form the fourth generation in an old industrial building. Venerable traditions in economic and social relations were maintained diligently. The traditions might have been a bit old- fashioned, but they possessed a certain ethical stance and taught the value of work and an understanding of the relation between the small events of the home workshop and those of the wider world. Economization, mechanization, these were the cornerstones of successful production -- an almost accidental, yet unintended lesson engraved upon me. For example, when Father told how he, as a little boy in 1827, rode a blind horses around in circles, tethered to a pole, patiently keeping in motion the Appreturmaschine of the factory. What a tremendous step forward from there to the creation of a textile mill of the 1880s, from the ancient touring car that we children found in a corner of the old cloth factory in Brno; the market transport option before that, for contact with Brno, had been the railway, since 1839. Can a young mind can see such miracles and remain indifferent? Or resist the spell cast over the dusty ground by the archetypes of once common machines? And then, in contrast, you were allowed to help install the first mechanical looms from Chemnitz. Even social policy ideas came from such lessons, and they are not forgotten. There was forced no state health insurance or welfare tax for old-age. And disability insurance was out of the question. So the old Brno cloth manufacturers created certain social institutions on their own initiative. Under the former patriarchal conditions it was a matter of course that the entrepreneur also provided as well as he could for his old, sick or otherwise incapacitated workers. From these and other impressions was built the relationship I earned with the people, with things, with appearances. In some ways they had a different setting, as if my apprenticeship in agriculture had consumed years, or as if theoretical studies had broadened throughout my adolescence. Empirical statements, memories, and the mental associations they made, gave me direction."

The full list of commemorative articles listed in Mrs Strakosch's small volume is:

  • MINISTERPRASIDENT A. D. PROF. DR. ERNST SEIDLER: Dr. Sieg­fried Strakosch. Anlass!ich seines 60. Geburtstages am 19. Mai 1927. Neue Freie Presse.
  • COLLOREDO-MANNSFELD, GRAF RUDOLF: Ein Agrartheoretiker von europaischer Bedeutung. Neues Wiener Journal 20 April 1933.
  • FREUDENTHAL, FREIHERR RUDOLF VON: Siegfried Strakosch, sein Leben und Wirken. Neues Wiener Tagblatt 20 April 1933.
  • SALTEN, FELIX: Siegfried Strakosch. Ein Gedenkblatt. Neue Freie Presse 20 April. ·
  • FEEST, ING. FELIX. Siegfried von Strakosch, Wiener Wirtschaftswoche, 26 April.
  • HAUSLER, HOFRAT PROF. J.: Siegfried von Strakosch, Wiener Land­wirtschaftliche Zeitung, 29 April.
  • PRASIDENT OERLEY: Worte des Abschiedes und des Gedenkens. Rotary· Klub, 25 April1933.

For a discussion of Siegfried Strakosch see also http://docs.mises.de/Mises/Mises_Bio_Strakosch.pdf and http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%2522Gebruder%2BStrakosch%2522%26start%3D20%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26sa%3DN%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26prmd%3Dimvnsb&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=de&twu=1&u=http://www.mises.de/public_home/article/293&usg=ALkJrhguz3WCWz-srpvb9cOtSRPvJnLOSA ... but note the document gives the wrong dates for Siegfried's father, Isidor Strakosch.

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Siegfried Strakosch von Feldringen's Timeline

1867
May 18, 1867
South Moravia, Czech Republic
1898
September 28, 1898
Age 31
Brunn
1909
1909
Age 41
1910
July 3, 1910
Age 43
Vienna, Wien, Austria
1911
July 3, 1911
Age 44
Vienna, Wien, Austria
1913
February 2, 1913
Age 45
1933
April 19, 1933
Age 65
Abbazia, Italy
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