Josef Reither was a prominent figure in Lower Austrian politics.
The new Josef Reither Museum was opened by Lower Austrian Governor Erwin Pröll and shows Reither’s economic and political activities in all their diversity. Reither was a farmer, a mayor in 1912 during the Austrian Monarchy and later governor of Lower Austria. He was Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forestry and a farm leader as well as holding many other functions. He founded the Tulln sugar factory, the insurance carrier NÖ Versicherung, the regional power utility NEWAG (today EVN) and the regional dairy NÖ Molkerei.
The exhibition also covers the political scene in the Austrian Monarchy and the First and Second World Wars. It describes Reither’s internment in a concentration camp and his death and ends with the State Treaty of 1955. As such the museum refreshes the memories of the older generation on what it experienced and is an exemplary place to learn for younger people interested in politics and history.