Who was Margaretha Lupac?
Margaretha Lupac was born in Vienna on 28 April 1910 as daughter to Wenzel Lupač. Her father, born in 1856, came to Vienna from a small village, Strachonowitz – today Strachonovice – in the district of Telč, Moravia. He worked as clerk for the Southern Railway Company and died in 1920. Her mother Maria was born at Reindorf in Vienna in 1871 and died in 1951.
The Second World War
During the Second World War Margaretha Lupac worked as a Red Cross aide and was also engaged as a clerk in defence economy work, where she had to bring Austrian members of the German Wehrmacht from barracks in Prague, Brno and other places back to Austria where they were to be employed in plants that played an important part in sustaining the war economy.
Margaretha Lupac – "an Extraordinary Patriot"
Her wartime experience and, even before, the social and economic misery of unemployment and mass poverty in the First Republic made Margaretha Lupac an extraordinary patriot who made Leopold Figl’s appeal “Believe in this Austria!” her lifetime motto. In later years she said “Austria has always been the “index finger of the world”, or rather the hand on the clock that represents the course of the world”.
Between 1949 and her retirement in 1973 she held a job as cashier in the Österreichischer Wirtschaftsverlag publishing house. She died on 17 February 1999 and left the entire estate she had accumulated through economies and inheritances – EUR 1.5 million – to the Republic of Austria to be used for projects of the Austrian Parliament.