Rudolf BEER was born in Itzling (now part of the city of Salzburg, but then an independent town) on Oktober 2, 1901. An unmarried shoemaker he lived with his railroader family at 61 Erzherzog Eugenstraße (now 17 Salzburger Schützenstraße) in Itzling.

So far nothing has been discovered about any political activities by Rudolf BEER, we only know that he was arrested with Karl Haider on August 31, 1938 and sent to the Dachau concentration camp where he was registered as »protective custody prisoner Nr. 18516« (a designation used by the Nazis for political prisoners).

Karl Haider was released from Dachau on March 13, 1939 1 but Rudolf BEER was transferred to the Mauthausen concentration camp on September 27, 1939. The 38 year old was murdered there on April 17, 1940.

His death in the concentration camp is recorded in the Salzburg City records, but his name does not appear in the documentation of resistance and persecution in Salzburg as neither a judicial record nor a victim’s assistance record is to be found.

The same goes for about 50 victims of the Nazi terror in Salzburg: ordinary people who were disappeared without a sound.

1 Karl Haider became a security guard and died in Salzburg in 1963 (Widerstand und Verfolgung in Salzburg, volume 2, Pp. 30, 602, OF S-859).

Author: Gert Kerschbaumer
Translation: Stan Nadel

Stumbling Stone
Laid 22.03.2012 at Salzburg, Salzburger Schützenstraße 17

All stumbling stones at Salzburger Schützenstraße 17