Born in Brno (present-day Czech Republic) on 16 August 1879, Stricker graduated from high school at the technical college. He entered the service of the Imperial Royal Austrian State Railways, where he was active in management.
He was elected at the Austrian Constitutional Assembly election, 1919 as the only representative of the Jewish National Party, founded in 1907 under the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which never again succeeded in sending a representative to the Austrian Parliament.
In addition, Stricker was a Zionist activist, and for many years was a board member of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien. He was the publisher of the Jewish weekly magazine Die Neue Welt, established in 1926 as a replacement for the defunct Zionist journal Die Welt.
After the Anschluss, Robert Stricker was deported from Vienna. He is reported to have died in 1944 in Auschwitz. Contrary to a post war report he did not have a son in the US Army air corps who was captured and killed in Austria in 1945.
Notes and sources
- Die Neue Welt, March 27, 1931, nr. 186
- German: (unsigned), Unsterbliche Opfer. Zwölf Parlamentarier wurden Opfer des NS-Terrors, Parlamentskorrespondenz/09/17.09.2001/Nr. 609, Website of the Austrian Parliament
- Axis History Forum
- Stricker, Robert, Jüdische Politik in Oesterreich : Tätigkeitsbericht und Auszüge aus den im österreichischen Parlamente 1919 und 1920 gehaltenen Reden / Robert Stricker, Wien : Wiener Morgen-Zeitung, [1920?], 39 p. (on microfilm at the Library of Congress)
- Fraenkel, Josef (ed.), Robert Stricker, London, 1950, 94 p., LCCN 54031133
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