Ignaz Seipel


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Seipel, Ignaz

 

Born July 19, 1876, in Vienna; died Aug. 2, 1932, in Pernitz. Austrian political figure. Leader of the Christian Socialist Party, professor of theology, and Catholic prelate.

In 1918, Seipel became the minister of social welfare in the last government of the Hapsburg monarchy. From 1922 to 1924 and from 1926 to 1929 he was the chancellor of Austria. Toward the end of 1930 he became Austria’s minister of foreign affairs. Seipel supported fascist organizations. His government dealt cruelly with the massive antifascist demonstration of Viennese workers, which took place in 1927 from July 15 to July 17.

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