Alois Buttinger

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Louis Buttinger (born Alois Buttinger; 11 September 1909 - 24 August 1996) was an Austrian-American socialist, teacher and poet, who founded a summer camp in New York state.[1][2]

Biography

Buttinger was born in 1909 in Reichersbeuern, Bavaria, Germany, one of four children of Anton Buttinger and his wife Maria née Birkenauer.[1] In February 1934, he was director of the Sonnenhof Lind children's centre in Villach-Lind, part of Villach in Austria.

In the aftermath of the February Uprising of 1934, which led to the subsequent prohibition of the Social Democratic Party and the Dollfuß constitution of 1 May 1934, Buttinger emigrated to England in May 1934. He took courses at Fircroft College.[1] Later, he returned illegally to Villach. In 1937, he married Friedl Wieltsch,[1] but had to flee again, with his wife, on the night of 11–12 March 1938 when the Nazis entered Austria. In English exile again,[3] Buttinger worked for the refugee assistance program organized by the Austrian socialists. In 1941,[1] he and his family sailed to the United States—immigrant visas had been organized by his brother Joseph Buttinger who, with his American-born wife, Muriel Gardiner, had made his way to the US in Autumn 1939; one of the endorsements for the visa application was provided by Albert Einstein.

In 1950, now using the first name Louis, Buttinger and his wife Friedl founded Camp Hillcroft in Dutchess County, New York,[1] to teach children physical and social skills.[4] The camp staff and attendees received a citation in 1966 for their efforts in raising money for UNICEF and for sponsoring a refugee child through Save the Children.[5][6] In 1969, the fee for attending eight weeks of camp was $750 per child.[7] Three disadvantaged children attended on scholarships provided through the American Camping Association, as well as 197 fee-paying children.[7] Buttinger retired from running the camp in 1974.[1] It was still being managed by his son and grandson in the first decade of the next century.[4]

Buttinger also taught in New York City, at the Walt Whitman School, and wrote and published poetry.[1] He won the Golden Poet Award in 1992.[1] He died on 24 August 1996 in Millbrook, New York.[1]


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 "Louis Buttinger, poet, teacher". Poughkeepsie Journal (Poughkeepsie, New York): p. 2B. 25 August 1966. https://www.newspapers.com/image/115040602/?terms=%22Louis%2BButtinger%22. Retrieved 30 July 2019. 
  2. "Family honors Camp Hillcroft founder Buttinger". Taconic Newspapers (Taconic, Connecticut). 5 September 1996. http://fultonhistory.com/Newspapers%20Disk3/Millbrook%20NY%20Round%20Table/Millbrook%20NY%20Round%20Table%20Aug%2029%20-Oct%2031%201996.pdf/Millbrook%20NY%20Round%20Table%20Aug%2029%20-Oct%2031%201996%20-%200090.pdf. 
  3. "Liberal Events". Cheshire Observer (Cheshire, England): p. 4. 11 June 1938. https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000157/19380611/087/0004. Retrieved 30 July 2019. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Shan, Karen Maserjian (2 March 2008). "Camp: socialization and teamwork are among benefits". Poughkeepsie Journal (Poughkeepsie, New York): p. 6E. https://www.newspapers.com/image/114582882/?terms=%22Louis%2BButtinger%22. Retrieved 30 July 2019. 
  5. "Billings Camp Honored For Aid to World's Children". Poughkeepsie Journal (Poughkeepsie, New York): p. 2. 8 August 1966. https://www.newspapers.com/image/114975667/?terms=%22Louis%2BButtinger%22. Retrieved 30 July 2019. 
  6. "Campers Are Lauded For Child Group Gift". The Bridgeport Post (Bridgeport, Connecticut): p. 13. 11 August 1966. https://www.newspapers.com/image/60304287/?terms=%22Louis%2BButtinger%22. Retrieved 30 July 2019. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Ickeringill, Nan (29 June 1969). "Deprived Children Attend Summer Camp". Daily Press. New York Times News Service (Newport News, Virginia): p. B7. https://www.newspapers.com/image/230948581/?terms=%22Louis%2BButtinger%22. Retrieved 30 July 2019. 

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