Leopold Schmidt

Leopold Schmidt (* 15. March 1912 in Vienna, † 12. December 1981 ebenda) was a Austrian Volkskundler, culture scientist and a telling researcher.

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Schmidt studies Vienna starting from 1930 Germanistik, people and people customer , classical philology , art science , history as well as Ur and early history at the university and attains a doctorate 1934 with the thesis investigations for the form history of the German Weihnachtsspiele. Between 1936 and 1938 he helps Rudolf Kriss with its collection of religious Volkskunde in Vienna. In the years of the Second World War it carries its military - and for war service out. Starting from 1946 he teaches as a private lecturer, starting from 1958 as an extra full professor at the Viennese university. Starting from 1946 he works beyond that as an official of contract at the Austrian museum for Volkskunde in Vienna, becomes here 1949 assistant, 1955 its leaders and is from 1960 to 1977 director. 1954 and 1955 he is besides as kommissarischer Mitverwalter of the museum for people customer actively. From 1956 to 1981 he is first Secretary-General, then president of the Viennese of association for Volkskunde.

Leopold Schmidt was honour member of the Greek society for Volkskunde (since 1957), corresponding (since 1967) and/or. Member (since 1970) of the Austrian academy of the sciences, foreign member of the royal Gustav Adolfs academy to Uppsala (since 1972) as well as corresponding member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences (since 1977).


  • German Fastnacht. Vienna 1937 (German celebrations from old kind and new spirit; 1).
  • Form problems of the German Weihnachtsspiele. Emsdetten 1937 (the looking stage; Bd. 20).
  • Viennese Volkskunde. A diagram. Given change of the association for Volkskunde in Vienna. Vienna and others 1940 (Viennese magazine for Volkskunde; Suppl. Bd. 16).


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