Josef Hoch

HIER WOHNTE
JOSEF HOCH
JG. 1921
DEPORTIERT 17.4.1941
SCHLOSS HARTHEIM
ERMORDET 1941
Photo: Gert Kerschbaumer
Photo: Gert Kerschbaumer

Elisabethstraße 28

Hoch, Josef

Josef HOCH was born in Siezenheim (just west of Salzburg) on March 2, 1921. Baptized Catholic, he was the second of five illegitimate children born to Katharina HOCH, a woman who was unable to learn a trade and had to work as a servant. She and her children had local citizenship rights in Salzburg and lived in the Elisabethvorstadt neighborhood.

At various times Katharina HOCH’s children were placed temporarily in institutional settings or with foster parents. Her son Josef, who was identified as »mentally handicapped«, was a patient in the St. Anthony Caritas-Village before he was transferred as a 17 year old to the Salzburg State Asylum in August 1938. Josef HOCH was one of 82 patients who were deported from there to the Hartheim Castle killing center near Linz on April 17, 1941, where they were all murdered. As with all the other victims of the Nazis’ secret »T4«1 program the death of this 20 year old youth was not recorded in the Salzburg police registration files. His mother and siblings all survived the terror years and his mother died in Salzburg at age 73.

1 It was called the »T-4« program because its Berlin headquarters were located at Tiergartenstraße 4

Sources

Author:Gert Kerschbaumer
Translation:Stan Nadel

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