Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky was an extraordinary woman with a profound sense of humanity and political awareness. She radiated self-confidence, optimism, and warmth, and conveyed strong presence and joie de vivre through her sympathy for the lives of her friends, as well as her interest and engagement in current political and personal events to the very end.

1940-1945 Resistance against National Socialism

At the end of 1940, Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky travelled from Istanbul to Vienna to participate in the Austrian Communist resistance against National Socialism. At the end of January, shortly before her return, she was arrested by the Gestapo in Vienna. She survived and only at the end of the war in 1945 was she freed from the Aichach penitentiary in Bavaria.
About this time the architect wrote the book "Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky. Erinnerungen aus dem Widerstand". (first published in 1985)

Political Commitment

  • Federation of Democratic Women of Austria (BDFÖ) 1948-1969 1st president of the BDFÖ
  • KZ-Verband Activity on the board as cultural advisor
  • Austrian Peace Council design of exhibitions: 1950 "Niemals Vergessen", 1975 "Hiroshima 30 Jahre" for the Peace Congress in Vienna
  • Urania Women's Committee 1960-1994 Founding of the non-partisan Women's Committee for screenings of anti-war and anti-fascist films at the Urania in Vienna