On Furnalelor Street no. 13 in the Historic Center of Resita Montane, at the beginning of the first decades of the last century, in the period of economic and social expansion of our municipality, the private private school “Pittner Schule”, right in the house of the Pittner family, on its ground floor.

An undisputed symbol of the old working-class town, Pittner-Bácsi, as the good teacher August Pittner was known, was born in Resita on December 7, 1879, according to Roman Catholic documents and documents of the time of December 8, 1882.

His father, Johann Pittner, was the driver of the first steam locomotive, Szekul no. the number of curves on the route that connects Reșița to Secul …

At the age of 30, August Pittner married a 20-year-old teacher, Helene Faber (born February 24, 1889, and died March 9, 1928), and they had two children together. They grew up in this house, on the floor that was entirely occupied by the Pittner family. Little is known about their son, but their daughter, Augusta, was born on March 13, 1909, and emigrated to Germany, where she died on July 3, 1973.

Generations of children have learned under the gentle and deserving guidance of August Pittner, since 1912, the first official date of the school that bears his name even today, with respect. It was closed in 1929, the two spouses continuing their classes at the Central School in Resita.

Pittner-Bácsi set up and maintained a famous library, including books that he used to teach in his own home school. In his personal home he also had a small gallery with works by painters from Resita, a piano where he practiced every day and last but not least, a collection of castings in the factories of Resita, a small exhibition of achievements of hardworking local people. , thereby demonstrating its belonging to the symbol of Resita’s work.

The beloved teacher lived in the house until his death on November 17, 1965 (after the inscription on the tomb, however, on November 16, 1965). He was buried in Cemetery no. 2/3 from the municipality of Reșița. Intellectuals and ordinary people alike paid their last respects to him, as he was an emblematic and well-known personality of Resita from that period. As a teacher (generations have been marked by his pedagogical qualities) and singer in Resita, he was well known and appreciated by the whole community. In the church registers of the Roman Catholic Parish “Maria Zăpezii”, Monsignor Paul Lackner notes that Pittner-Bácsi was a cantor in the church for 60 years.

Until the 1989 Revolution, the house, now a Category B historic monument, was cared for by its occupants, but was completely neglected by the following, reaching an advanced state of degradation.

Source of information – Erwin Josef ȚIGLA, President of the German Democratic Forum in Caraş-Severin

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