Susmann-Weinberger, Käthe

Käthe Susmann-Weinberger

Ehepaar sitzt an einem Tisch vor einem Haus, Schwarz-Weiß-Foto

16 May 1875 Vienna – 1 March 1963 Neudörfl an der Leitha

actually Katharina Susmann-Weinberger, also Käte Susmann-Weinberger

Käthe Susmann was an Austrian writer, women's rights activist and entrepreneur. In younger years she was a governess with Oscar Edler von Hofmannsthal and around the turn of the century she was vice-president of the Erste Wiener Gabelsberger-Damen-Stenographen-Verein. After working in the Ministry of the Interior, she started writing in 1902 about the social situation of women, particularly factory workers, and the squalor in the slums, public hospitals and welfare institutions. Her articles in the Neues Wiener Tagblatt and Frankfurter Zeitung helped to improve the working conditions for women and to establish systematic unemployment benefit. In the 1920s she ran Filmexport, a film distribution business, at Siebensterngasse 42 in the 7th district. At the same time she was active in the Neuer Wiener Frauenclub, giving talks on the social situation of women and on women's emancipation. She was acquainted with the women's rights activist Yella Hertzka, wife of the music publisher Emil Hertzka. Through them she met the operetta composer Charles Weinberger, whom she married in 1930. After the annexation of Austria to the German Reich, she left the Jewish community on 29 August 1938 but was still regarded by the Nazis as a Jew and, as such, was no longer allowed to work. Following her husband's death in 1939, she applied to the welfare department of the city of Vienna for continued payment of his annuity, but the application was turned down and she offered to exchange Weinberger's art legacy for a lifelong pension from the city of Vienna. As this was impossible, the Stadtbibliothek (now Wienbibliothek – Vienna City Library) sought the opinion of the Reich Chamber of Culture in Berlin, which confirmed that Weinberger's works were not subject to an export ban, and she decided to put them up for sale. The estate was divided up between the Stadtbibliothek and the Historisches Museum (now Wien Museum). The library paid 1,150 Reichsmarks and the museum 600 Reichsmarks. These amounts were transferred to a frozen account to which Käthe Weinberger had no access, although she was allowed to organize her husband's estate for the library. It is not known how she escaped deportation and survived.

In 2001 the Vienna Restitution Commission recommended the return of Charles Weinberger's estate. In 2002 the successors of Käthe and Charles Weinberger waived their right and left the objects with the two institutions.

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Publications about the person / institution

Museen der Stadt Wien/Wiener Stadt- und Landesbibliothek (Hg.), Die Restitution von Kunst- und Kulturgegenständen aus dem Besitz der Stadt Wien 1998–2001, Wien 2002.

Dritter  Bericht  des  amtsführenden  Stadtrates für Kultur  und  Wissenschaft  über  die gemäß dem Gemeinderatsbeschluss vom 29. April 1999 erfolgte Übereignung von Kunst- und Kulturgegenständen aus den Sammlungen der Museen der Stadt Wien sowie der Wiener Stadt- und Landesbibliothek vom 21. November 2002 (Restitutionsbericht 2002), URL: (3.12.2020).
Vierter Bericht des amtsführenden Stadtrates für Kultur und Wissenschaft über die gemäß dem Gemeinderatsbeschluss vom 29. April 1999 erfolgte Übereignung von Kunst- und Kulturgegenständen aus den Sammlungen der Museen der Stadt Wien sowie der Wiener Stadt- und Landesbibliothek vom 10. November 2003 (Restitutionsbericht 2003), URL: (3.12.2020).

Fritz Racek, Charles Weinberger zum 100. Geburtstag (= Ausstellungskatalog zur 103. Kleinausstellung der Wiener Stadtbibliothek), Wien 1961.


Berichte in Zeitungen und Zeitschriften:

N. N., Cur- und Fremden-Liste des Badeortes Aussee, 30.7.1901, 2, URL: (3.12.2020).

N. N., Arbeitssuche in der Fremde, in: Die Frau, 24.5.1919, 3, URL: (3.12.2020).

N. N., Inserat, in: Der Filmbote. Zeitschrift für alle Zweige der Kinematographie, 15.7.1922, 30, URL: (3.12.2020).

N. N., "Eindrücke aus Paris", in: Neues Wiener Tagblatt, 1.5.1924, 9, URL: (3.12.2020).

N. N., Vorträge und Versammlungen, in: Neue Freie Presse, 22.1.1925, 9, URL: (3.12.2020).

N. N., Kostümfest der Wiener Frauenklubs, in: Der Tag, 13.2.1925, 8, URL: (3.12.2020).

N. N., Tagesneuigkeiten. Aus der Gesellschaft, Neues Wiener Journal, 19.3.1930, 9, URL: (3.12.2020).

Publications by the person / institution

Käthe Susmann, In Wien – ohne Geld, in: Neues Wiener Tagblatt, 28.2.1904, 1–5, URL: (3.12.2020).
Käthe Susmann, Laßt das Geld rollen! Eine Mahnung an die Frauen, in: Neues Wiener Tagblatt, 27.8.1914, 10, URL: (3.12.2020).
Käthe Susmann, Mozarts Leben, Lieben und Leiden, in: Die Filmwelt (1921) 16, 6–7, URL: (3.12.2020).
Käthe Susmann, Jung-Mädchenheime in Paris, in: Neues Wiener Tagblatt, 3.8.1924, 8, URL: (3.12.2020).


Archiv der IKG Wien, Geburtenbuch.
Archiv der IKG Wien, Austritt, RZ 2976/1938.

Museen der Stadt Wien (Städtische Sammlungen, MA 10), Z 169/39.
Museen der Stadt Wien (Städtische Sammlungen, MA 10), D6-1316/41.