"He had a street fighter's face"

Hermann Bielohlawek, 1900
Public DomainHermann Bielohlawek, 1900

     Hermann Bielolawek (1861-1918) was a virulently anti-Semitic Christian Social (the party founded by Karl Lueger in 1893). He rose from a merchant background as Vice President of the Association of Commercial Employees to Vienna City Councilman from 1900 to 1918. Karl Kraus called him a buffoon and even Mayor Lueger and many of the Christian Socials considered him as something akin to a court jester. Nevertheless, although his influence waned as the years passed, he managed to be re-elected year after year.