Silberstein, August Karl
August (Karl) Silberstein, photo around 1880
Silberstein, August (Karl), b. Ofen, Budapest (Hungary), July 1, 1827, d. Vienna, March 7, 1900. Journalist, narrative writer and poet. Member of the Academic Legion in 1848, supported the uprisings in his articles, had to leave Austria for this reason. Was sentenced to 5 years in prison after his return in 1854, pardoned after one year in prison. Wrote idealised stories of village life ("Dorfschschwalben aus Österreich", 2 vols., 1862/1963) and was given the epithet "Austrian Auerbach". Published and contributed to popular folk almanacs; important influence on P. Rosegger.
Literature: W. Häusler, A. S., demokrat. Publizist in der Wr. Revolution von 1848 und Mentor P. K. Roseggers, in: Jüdische Integration und Identität in Deutschland und Ö., Jb. des Inst. f. dt. Geschichte, 1983.