Anton HOFMANN was born in Vienna on October 20, 1900. He was an unmarried Catholic musician who had worked in Salzburg since March of 1937 and lived with a fellow musician at 52 Linzer Gasse.

Anton HOFMANN was admitted as a patient at the Salzburg State Psychiatric Hospital on May 6, 1940. On May 21, 1941 he was deported to the Hartheim killing center where he was murdered.

As with all the victims of the Nazi’s secret »T4«1 program to eliminate the handicapped, the death of this 40 year old man wasn’t noted in the police registration files of the city.

Normally patients admitted to the asylum were declared legally incompetent as soon as they were admitted but Anton HOFMANN was only declared legally incompetent on June 5, 1941, some days after his brutal death in Hartheim.

1 The »T-4« program was named after its headquarters address in Berlin at 4 Tiergartenstraße.
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).

Author: Gert Kerschbaumer
Translation: Stan Nadel

Stumbling Stone
Laid 18.04.2013 at Salzburg, Linzer Gasse 52

All stumbling stones at Linzer Gasse 52