Gmeiner, Hermann

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Gmeiner, Hermann Gender: M
born on 23 June 1919 at 19:30 (= 7:30 PM )
Place Alberschwende, Austria, 47n27, 9e49
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
Orig source not known
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Niehenke
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 01°13' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 04°50 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 21°12'


Austrian philanthropist and the founder of SOS Children's Villages. Having experienced the horrors of war himself as a soldier in Russia, he was then confronted with the isolation and suffering of the many war orphans and homeless children as a child welfare worker after the end of the Second World War. In his conviction that help can never be effective as long as the children have to grow up without a home of their own, he set about implementing his idea for SOS Children's Villages.

By 1985 the result of Hermann Gmeiner's work was a total of 233 SOS Children's Villages in 85 countries. In recognition of his services to orphaned and abandoned children he received numerous awards and was nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

He never married or had children. He died on 26 April 1986, at age 66, from cancer.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Begin Major Project 24 December 1950 (first house in Kinderdorf opened, in Imst)
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Source Notes

From Niehenke DAV database, original source unknown. Brought to ADB attention via a forum posting in August 2015.


  • Vocation : Healing Fields : Social worker
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (of SOS children's villages)