Famous Austrian Activists

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 1 Theodore Bikel

Theodore Bikel
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 2, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: July 21, 2015

Legendary Austrian-American actor Theodore Bikel is best remembered for his Academy Award-nominated portrayal of Sheriff Max Muller in the film The Defiant Ones. He had also ruled the stage with plays such as Fiddler on the Roof. As a folk singer, he sang in 21 languages and also played the guitar.

 2 Waris Dirie

Waris Dirie
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Galkayo, Somalia

Somali model, writer, and women’s rights activist Waris Dirie is best known for her advocacy against female genital mutilation through the Desert Flower Foundation. Born into a poor nomadic family, she ran away at 13 to avoid marriage and then worked as a maid in London, before gaining a modeling contract.

 3 Bertha Pappenheim

Bertha Pappenheim
Famous As: Feminist, a social pioneer, and the founder of the Jewish Women's Association
Birthdate: February 27, 1859
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: May 28, 1936

Austrian-Jewish feminist and social worker Bertha Pappenheim founded the Jewish Women's Association (Jüdischer Frauenbund), mainly with the objective of improving women's experiences in the Jewish community. She was treated by Austrian physician Josef Breuer for nervous symptoms and her case study (under the pseudonym Anna O.) found place in Breuer’s book Studies on Hysteria, co-authored with Sigmund Freud.

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 4 Maria-Anna Galitzine

Maria-Anna Galitzine
Famous As: Traditionalist Catholic activist and member of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine
Birthdate: May 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

 5 Beate Sirota Gordon

Beate Sirota Gordon
Famous As: Human Rights Activist
Birthdate: October 25, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: December 30, 2012

 6 Karl-Maria Kertbeny

Karl-Maria Kertbeny
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: February 28, 1824
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 23, 1882

Hungarian journalist Karl-Maria Kertbeny is best remembered for coining terms such as homosexual and heterosexual. The suicide of a gay friend after being blackmailed made Kertbeny study homosexuality in detail later. A prominent gay rights activist, he also believed homosexuality was inborn but didn’t live to see acceptance of his ideas.

 7 Gerd Honsik

Gerd Honsik
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: April 7, 2018

Neo-Nazi Austrian author and poet Gerd Honsik, also known by his pseudonym, Endsik, was a prominent Holocaust denier. Jailed many times for his far-right extremism, he had also released anti-Semitic books and hate magazines. He was also a member of the now-banned far-right party NDP.

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 8 Karlo Štajner

Karlo Štajner
Famous As: Former communist activist known for surviving 20 years in the Gulag
Birthdate: January 15, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: March 1, 1992