Sonia Herzenberger

GEB. 17.4.1943 
ERMORDET 30.4.1943 


Baumann, Agathe Baumann, Frieda Eberle, Anton Eberle, Gustav Herzenberger, Agathe Herzenberger, Sonia Kerndlbacher, Maria Krems, Antonia Krems, Josef Krems, Juliana Kugler, Katharina Leimberger, Stefan Lichtenberger, Helmuth Lutz, Alban Raiminius, Engelbert Raiminius, Wilhelm Reinhardt, Jakob Reinhardt, Walter

Sonia HERZENBERGER was born in Auschwitz-Birkenau on April 17, 1943. She was one of the 366 registered infants in the »Gypsy Family Camp« who were tattooed on the thigh or buttocks with a »Z« number [»Z« for »Zigeuner«, a German word for Gypsy that had a strongly negative connotation].

Baby Sonia, number Z-7729, died on April 30, 1943, just 14 days after she had been born - from hunger, disease, experiment or gas.

Research indicates that Sonia was the sixth child of Therese Herzenberger, who was registered entering the »Gypsy Family Camp« Section B II e of Auschwitz-Birkenau on April 3, 1943. Therese Herzenberger was 31 years old and very pregnant when she was deported from the Salzburg »Gypsy Camp« to Auschwitz along with her children Willy, Rosa, Rudolf, Anton and Agathe, her life partner Lambert and his mother Pauline Blach.

Six of the nine murdered family members were among the Gypsy extras that Leni Riefenstahl rented from the camp for her film Tiefland.

Since August 2008 there has been a Stumbling Block memorial near the site of the Salzburg »Gypsy Camp« for Agathe HERZENBERGER, Sonia’s Salzburg born sister who was murdered in Auschwitz before her second birthday.

Author:Gert Kerschbaumer
Translation:Stan Nadel

Nearby Stumbling Blocks

Kräutlerweg 175m 175m, 243°  Wolf, Aloisia
Moosstraße 112 1049m 1049m, 115°  Heitzer, Franz
Moosstraße 17 2102m 2102m, 43°  Kollinsky, Fritz
Stieglstraße 3 2187m 2187m, 27°  Stiller, Adolf
Stieglstraße 1 2208m 2208m, 28°  Riedherr, Josef

Stumbling Blocks

Laid 2014-07-03 at Schwarzgrabenweg, Salzburg