Guido Schmidt

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Guido Schmidt
Foreign Minister of Austria
In office
July 11, 1936 – March 11, 1938
Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg
Preceded by Kurt Schuschnigg
Succeeded by Wilhelm Wolf
Personal details
Born (1901-01-15)January 15, 1901
Bludenz, Austria
Died December 5, 1957(1957-12-05) (aged 56)
Vienna, Austria
Nationality Austrian
Political party VF
Religion Roman Catholic

Guido Schmidt (January 15, 1901 in Bludenz, Austria – December 5, 1957 in Vienna, Austria) was an Austrian diplomat and politician.

He was a member of the Christian Socialist "Vaterländische Front" (Fatherland Front) party. From 1928 he was vice director of President Wilhelm Miklas' parliament and played an important part in the conclusion of the Juliabkommen in 1936. He was a friend of Kurt Schuschnigg, who made him Secretary of Foreign Affairs on February 12, 1936. He held that post until March 11, 1938, one day before the "Anschluss" of Austria to Hitler's Germany took place.

During World War II he worked in the industrial sector. In 1945, Schmidt was imprisoned because of his pro-Nazi attitude, but he was acquitted in 1947. Schmidt was the father of the successful and influential Austrian business-man, Guido Schmidt-Chiari.

Works[edit]

  • Der Hochverratsprozess gegen Dr. Guido Schmidt; Österreichische Staatsdruckerei; Vienna, 1947

See also[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Kurt Schuschnigg
Foreign Minister of Austria
1936 – 1938
Succeeded by
Wilhelm Wolf