Matthias Sindelar-Protest through football.

It is often believed that the Austrians accepted the annexation lying down. For a big part that was true however not every one was so enthusiastic about the ‘Anschluss’ Of Czech descent, Sindelar was born Matěj Šindelář in Kozlov, Moravia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the son of Jan Šindelář, a blacksmith, and his wife Marie (née Švengrová). Despite occasional claimsContinue reading “Matthias Sindelar-Protest through football.”

Helene Melanie Lebel- To “ill” to be allowed to live.

On this day in 1939 Adolf Hitler signed an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people, the so called T4 program. The T4 program, which was was basically the gassing of people who were deemed mentally ill, was the first wave of mass extermination by the Nazi regime. Helena Melanie Lebel wasContinue reading “Helene Melanie Lebel- To “ill” to be allowed to live.”

Anton Schmid- Austrian Hero.

Anton Schmid (January 9, 1900 in Vienna, Austria – April 13, 1942 in Vilnius, Lithuania) was an Austrian conscript to the Wehrmacht in World War II who, as a sergeant (feldwebel) in Vilnius, Lithuania, was executed by his superiors for helping 250 Jewish men, women, and children escape from extermination by the Nazi SS ] He did this by hiding them and supplying them with false ID papers. Anton Schmid was born in Vienna in 1900. He owned aContinue reading “Anton Schmid- Austrian Hero.”

The liberation of Mauthausen Concentration camp

++++++CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES+++++++++   The Mauthausen concentration camp was established shortly after the German annexation of Austria (1938). Prisoners in the camp were forced to perform labor in a nearby stone quarry and, later, to construct subterranean tunnels for rocket-assembly factories. US forces liberated the camp in May 1945. On 5 May 1945 the campContinue reading “The liberation of Mauthausen Concentration camp”

Ebensee concentration camp

The Ebensee concentration camp was established by the SS to build tunnels for armaments storage near the town of Ebensee, Austria, in 1943. It was part of the Mauthausen network. Due to the inhumane working and living conditions, Ebensee was one of the worst Nazi concentration camps for the death rates of its prisoners. TheContinue reading “Ebensee concentration camp”

If that is so, then I suppose I’m a murderer.

On March 29, 1945, some 60 Jewish slave labourers were shot in Deutsch Schützen, Austria, a town in what is now the Austrian province of Burgenland. One of the suspected murderers is former SS Junior Squad Leader Adolf Storms. Though Storms’ identity was known in 1946 – he was listed in the German telephone bookContinue reading “If that is so, then I suppose I’m a murderer.”

Arthur Seyss-Inquart: A dangerous fool

Arthur Seyss-Inquart was a dangerous fool for thinking that the Dutch population would subscribe to the Nazi ideas, although there was a substantial minority in the Netherlands who did endorse the National Socialist philosophy , the majority of the Dutch did not follow Hitler’s ideas.   Arthur Seyss-Inquart(22 July 1892 – 16 October 1946) was anContinue reading “Arthur Seyss-Inquart: A dangerous fool”