Rosalie HEINZ, née Varga, was born in Szolnok Hungary on April 18, 1881. She married an artist and had local citizenship rights in the city of Salzburg. The marriage remained childless and was annulled in 1932.

Frau HEINZ was taken in as a psychiatric patient several times and in April 1934 she was admitted to the Schloss Schernberg nursing home in Schwarzach im Pongau.
This was one of the institutions run by the Merciful Sisters of St. Vincent de Paul. Anna Bertha Königsegg, who was in charge of the Salzburg provincial order, bravely protested against the Nazi »euthanasia« program to eliminate the handicapped.

When she was arrested by the Gestapo on April 16, 1941 the Merciful Sisters’ patients lost their main protector, but some of her co-workers did manage to rescue 17 of their patients.

The 60 year old Rosalie HEINZ was not one of them. She was one of the 115 patients deported from Schernberg to the Hartheim killing center near Linz on April 21, 1941 where they were murdered.

As with all the other victims of the Nazi’s secret »T4«1 murder program, her death was not recorded in the police registration records of the city of Salzburg.

She left no survivors in Salzburg and nothing is known about any other relatives she might have had elsewhere.

1 It was called the »T4« program because its national headquarters in Berlin were at Tiergartenstraße 4.
Those mainly responsible for the murders of the sick in Salzburg: Dr. Friedrich Rainer as Reichsstatthalter, Dr. Oskar Hausner as head of the Gaufürsorgeamt, Dr. Leo Wolfer as head of the Landesheilanstalt, and Dr. Heinrich Wolfer as head of the hereditary biology department of the Landesheilanstalt (today the Christian Doppler Clinic).


  • Salzburg city archives
  • Schloss Hartheim Study and Memorial Center
Author: Gert Kerschbaumer
Translation: Stan Nadel

Stumbling Stone
Laid 29.09.2017 at Salzburg, Lasserstraße 24

<p>HIER WOHNTE<br />
GEB. VARGA<br />
JG. 1881<br />
DEPORTIERT 21.4.1941<br />
ERMORDET 1941</p>
Photo: Gert Kerschbaumer

All stumbling stones at Lasserstraße 24