Riedel, Erhard

Erhard Riedel

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27 January 1895 Vienna – 17 January 1958 Vienna

From 1939 to April 1945 Erhard Riedel was head of the Vienna department of the Reichspostmuseum (Reich Postal Museum). He succeeded Emanuel Czezik-Müller, who had been honorary director since 1936 of the Post- und Telegraphenmuseum. He had a doctoral degree in law and had worked for the postal service since 1927. From 1932 (with an interruption in 1933/34) he was a member of the National Socialist Betriebszelle (factory cell) at the post office headquarters. He joined the NSDAP on 1 May 1938 and was classed as an "alter Kämpfer" (old comrade). Apart from working as museum director, he was also a reader during the war at the Hochschule für Welthandel (University of World Trade) and head of the Institute for the History of the Postal Service, part of the University of Vienna from 1943 to 1947. Because of his NSDAP membership, he was dismissed as museum director after the war and failed in his efforts to be reinstated in the postal service. His successor was the chemist August Nitsche. Until his death in 1958, he wrote articles about the history of the postal service.

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Publications about the person / institution

Oliver Kühschelm, Das Post- und Telegraphenmuseum als Abteilung des Reichspostmuseum Berlin, in: Helmut Lackner/Katharina Jesswein/Gabriele Zuna-Kratky (Hg.), 100 Jahre Technisches Museum Wien, Wien 2009, 286–297.

Oliver Kühschelm, "Russenbriefe" – verschleppte Privatkorrespondenz aus der Ukraine, in: Gabriele Anderl/Christoph Bazil/Eva Blimlinger/Oliver Kühschelm/Monika Mayer/Anita Stelzl-Gallian/Leonhard Weidinger (Hg.), … wesentlich mehr Fälle als angenommen. 10 Jahre Kommission für Provenienzforschung (= Schriftenreihe der Kommission für Provenienzforschung 1), Wien-Köln-Weimar 2009, 453–459, URL: doi.org/10.7767/boehlau.9783205118862.453.

Publications by the person / institution

Erhard Riedel, Die Post in Niederdonau, St. Pölten 1941.


OeStA/AdR, ZNsZ, Gauakt 147773, Erhard Riedel.

TMW-Archiv, Postarchiv.

UAW, Personalakt Erhard Riedel.