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Konrad Büdinger

Born 1867-02-12
Died 1944-03-20

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Austrian surgeon, born February 12, 1867, Zürich; died March 20, 1944, Wien.

Biography of Konrad Büdinger

Konrad Büdinger was the son of the historian Max Büdinger (1828-1902). He studied in Vienna,  receiving his doctorate there in  1890. A pupil and assistant of Billrtoh’s, he was habilitated for surgery in 1897.

 Büdinger worked as chief physician at the Rochusspital and the Rudolfsstiftung, and in 1903 became physician-in-chief to the surgical department of Allgemeines Krankenhaus in Vienna.  He remained in that position for 35 years. From 1909 he was titular professor.

 In 1916, while a physician on the southern front during The Great War, he was infected with Typhus. The consequences of this illness caused him suffering for the rest of his life.

Büdinger was awarded the Iron Cross, First Class. He was appointed privy counsillor in 1921 and in 1933 received the ”Silberne Ehrenabzeichen der Republik".

 With the Anschluss of Austria in 1938 he lost half his fortune, his passport was stamped ”JUDE”, the name ”Istrael” was added to his first name and he lost all his titles. However, because his wife was a ”pure Arian” they were allowed to keep their house. He never again left it, because he refused to wear the Jewish star. His neighbour, Seyß-Inquart, succeeded in preventing his deportation, because orf his world wide reputation.

 In 1897 Konrad Büdinger married Mathilde Huber (1874-1958). After eleven years of marriage they had a son, Heinrich Büdinger, who died of infectious meningitis at the age of seven. When the war ended in 1945 Mathilde had been a widow for almost a year. But after the Nazis, there were the Russians. They requisitioned her villa an plundered it completely.

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