René Lucien Coilliaux


Coilliaux, René Lucien

René Lucien Coilliaux was born in Vimy, in the French Département Pas-de-Calais, on September 12, 1913. He was a Roman Catholic French Prisoner of War who was interned in the City of Salzburg by the Nazi regime and put to work as a forced laborer.

According to official sources twenty-nine year old René Lucien Coilliaux was killed in an accident on December 2, 1942, when he fell into the Salzach and drowned during the construction of the Staatsbrücke – called »the Dr. Todt Bridge« by the Nazi authorities.1 It’s not known if he had any surviving relatives because little is known about the families of foreign victims due to the general paucity of files kept on them: POWs, forced laborers and their survivors had no right to claim victims’ compensation in post-war liberated Austria.

1 It was named the »Dr. Todt Bridge« after Dr. Fritz Todt, Nazi Germany’s Reichsminister for Arms and Munition who died in 1942.


Author:Gert Kerschbaumer
Translation:Stan Nadel

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