Karl Lueger


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(Vienna, 1844–1910, Vienna), an Austrian politician, who from 1897 until his death was mayor of Vienna. Lueger was at first associated with the German National Party and its agitator, G. von Schönerer, with whose anti-Semitism he sympathized. He then joined the Christian Social Party, founded in 1887, and soon established himself as its leader. He maintained the platform of anti-Semitism, declared his party to be the party of the ‘little man’, and directed his attack against corruption and fraud. He was first elected mayor (Bürgermeister) of Vienna in 1895, but imperial sanction was repeatedly refused until 1897.


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