Doc. Alois Mazurek

Doc. Alois Mazurek

Alois Mazurek

Doc. Alois Mazurek

The lion’s share on founding Meopta company belongs to Docent RNDr. Alois Mazurek whose theoretical and pedagogical results had convinced entrepreneur Mr. Ing. Alois Beneš in 1933 to incorporate the Optikotechna Company in Přerov, the forerunner of today’s Meopta.

Alois Mazurek was born June 21, 1892 in Luková, Přerov district. His father was a supervisor and had seven children, 3 sons and 4 daughters. The family eventually moved to Predmosti, so that talented son Alois may study at secondary school in Přerov.

Later, during his years at university, World War I broke out and the young Alois had his military service. In Italy, however, was soon captured and returned home after the war in 1918. He immediately went back to college and after graduation he proceeded to Brno Technical University as an assistant professor Nachtigal.

Ing. Alois Beneš

Ing. Alois Beneš

Alois Beneš

Ing. Alois Beneš

The second founder, Ing. Alois Benes was an engineer and entrerpeneur who invested in the company during a great economic recession in the 1930s.

Camillo Kallusch

Camillo Kallusch

Camillo Kallusch

Camillo Kallusch

Originally came from Vítkov in Opava region, where he was born on 22nd February 1891. During 1909 – 1910, he studied mechanical engineering at Lower Industrial School in Vienna, and experienced many different working positions. He started in Bierent company in Budišov, continued in Autozávody in Kopřivnice, company HUTTIG & Ernemann in Jena, in the Skoda factories and elsewhere, and eventually founded a separate business, Odborný závod pro kinomechaniku in Bílovice u Brna.

We have no accurate record of how Mr. Beneš got into contact with Mr. Kallusch, apparently Camillo Kallusch belonged to small purchasers of optical elements. It is certain, that at the end of August 1933, he bought a license to manufacture enlargers, respectively; he bought his entire production, including documentation, tools, work in progress and even transferred some of his employees to Přerov.

In Kallusch’s personal records, there are letters exchanged with Mr. Beneš, which relate to the purchase of enlargers production. It is evident, that after some negotiations they finally agreed on an amount of 79 500, - CZK.

Paul Rausnitz

Paul Rausnitz

Paul Rausnitz

Paul Rausnitz

Paul Rausnitz

State honoration

Mr. Paul Rausnitz, despite his age, is still active and energetic and tirelessly cares about not only the company and its employees, but also significantly contributes to the development of culture, education and democracy in his homeland.

He presents himself primarily as an excellent and successful businessman. In the spirit of Bata traditions, he considers his employees as the greatest asset of the company; he perceives them as "his children". His way of communication is unmistakable; his care for employees is exemplary. He is proud that it can give people work.

Every year he personally participates in a ceremony at the monument to the fallen and martyred company employees who did not survive the World War II. On that occasion, he always speaks about his own painful experiences of war and especially to young people; he emphasizes the need for care about "masarykian" values such as freedom, peace, democracy, justice, personal courage and bravery.

His personal experiences of war are contained in a separate story (click on life in war); let’s just briefly recall how the family lived during the war. After the Munich Agreement, the family was forced to leave their home in Jablonec, first to Turnov, later to Poland. Their escape was accompanied by fairly dramatic events since his father and eldest brother were captured by the Gestapo in Ostrava and later spent a day and a night in jail. The same fate was there for middle brother Egon and 10-year-old Paul. But Poland was not a safe refuge from the advancing armies of Hitler and the family fled further east, to the Soviet Union. After the attack on the USSR, the family moved further inland to the southern part of the USSR, the Turkmen city of Chardzhou. The family had a very hard time suffering from hunger and diseases. Fortunately, they caught a message on Czechoslovak Brigade being established in Buzuluk. All members of the family hastily went to fight against Hitler.

After returning home, however, it was very clear that the future political situation is unfavorable and therefore the family has to leave again, this time to the west. In 1946, he starts a family business in the USA.

After 1990, Mr. Paul Rausnitz returned to Czechoslovakia to invest and thus help the young democracy and impoverished economy. Among various options, he chose Meopta company, which became his second family.

Later he brought in his nephew Gerald, son of his oldest brother Walter and later even his son – David. Therefore, Meopta became a family business in the true sense, and all Rausnitz family members care for the company with exemplary initiative.


Mr. Paul Rausnitz also supports a number of charity organizations, such as Most Olomouc, Association of Disabled Přerov, each year he attends the Children's Home in Přerov, where he likes to share the Christmas atmosphere with them. He also supports youth sport activities, especially hockey club Zubr, sports teams that focus on sports and many more. He is a member of the Committee for the Arnošt Lustig prize and supports the ČISOK activities.

Gerald Rausnitz

Gerald Rausnitz

Gerrald Rausnitz

Gerald Rausnitz

Gerald Rausnitz is the son of the eldest of three Rausnitz brothers, Walter.

He has been actively participating in the management of the company involved for many years, whether as a former CEO Meopta - optika, s.r.o., or nowadays the position of CEO Meopta Group.

It is he, who brings operating principles and survival in today's modern, dynamic and above all competitive world into the company. He is the initiator of many changes (e.g. introduction of the ERP system Axapta), without which the company would not be able to keep up with the competition and receive orders in a segment as industrial applications, which is vital for Meopta. (Currently, this segment accounts for nearly 50% of total company turnover). Along with the business spirit, he brings in the human dimension - values such as good manners, respect, hard work, faith in the future and positive thinking.

As his uncle Paul, Mr. Gerald also pays great attention to his employees; his philosophy is best described: "Our greatest asset is our people. I want to thank each of "Meoptans" for the energy and effort that they all spend in order to make our company a better place. "

Gerald's son David is also involved in the strategic management of the company, especially its American section.