Oskar Marmorek

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Oskar Marmorek
Oskar Marmorek.jpg
Born (1863-04-09)April 9, 1863
Pieskowa Skała, Galicia, Austria-Hungary
Died April 7, 1909(1909-04-07) (aged 45)
Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Nationality Austria-Hungarian
Occupation Architect
Buildings Nestroyhof, Vienna
Rüdigerhof, Vienna
Projects Venedig in Wien

Oskar Adolf Marmorek (Hebrew: אוסקר מרמורק‎‎; 9 April 1863 – 7 April 1909) was an Austria-Hungarian architect and Zionist.


Political activism[edit]

In 1895, Marmorek met the Austro-Hungarian Jewish journalist who founded modern political Zionism, Theodor Herzl. The publication of Herzl's book Der Judenstaat in 1896 and the first World Zionist Congress, organized together with Theodor Herzl and Max Nordau in 1897, formed a break in Marmorek's life. Oskar then decided to dedicate himself completely to the Zionism. In May 1901, the architect, acting as Secretary of the Actions Committee, traveled to Istanbul with Theodor Herzl and David Wolffsohn, Chairman of the Jewish Colonial Trust to meet the Sultan Abdul Hamid II.[1] For his utopian novel Altneuland ("Old New Land") considered as one of Zionism’s establishing texts, Herzl modeled the character of "Dr Steineck" on his friend and collaborator Oskar Marmorek.

After the death of his friend in 1904, Oskar Marmorek was appointed by the Greater Actions Committee of the World Zionist Organization to act as Chairman until the election of David Wolffsohn as new President in 1905.[2]

Major works[edit]



  1. ^ American Jewish Committee (1903). American Jewish Year Book Vol. 4 (1902-1903). New-York. p. 34. 
  2. ^ American Jewish Committee (1905). American Jewish Year Book Vol. 6 (1904-1905). New-York. p. 34. 


External links[edit]

  • Media related to Oskar Marmorek at Wikimedia Commons
  • Architekturzentrum Wien (2010). "Oskar Marmorek". architektenlexikon.at. Retrieved 21 August 2013.