Elvira POSCH, born on October 30, 1912 in Lienz, East Tyrol, was the youngest of two children of the Catholic couple Margarethe and Albert Posch, confectioners by trade, who had run a café-confectionery in Salzburg since 1921.

Elvira’s parents owned the house at Linzer Gasse 26, where the popular Café-Konditorei Posch was located. The family had been domiciled in Salzburg since 1931.

Elvira POSCH graduated from the Ursuline Teacher Training College, became an elementary school teacher and remained single because of teacher celibacy. She was »fully incapacitated« under the Nazi regime, admitted to the Salzburg State Sanatorium on July 6, 1939, and was one of the 85 inmates who were deported to Hartheim and murdered on May 21, 1941.

As with all victims of the National Socialist secret action »T4«1, the death of the 28-year-old woman is not recorded in the police registration file of the city of Salzburg.

Her parents and older sister survived the terror years. Her mother died in 1957 and her father in 1963 in Salzburg.

1 »T4«: named after the »euthanasia« headquarters in Berlin, Tiergartenstraße 4.
Main persons 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 Christian Doppler Clinic).


  • Salzburg city archives
  • Schloss Hartheim Learning and Remembrance Center
Author: Gert Kerschbaumer
Translation: DeepL

Stumbling Stone
Laid 07.07.2011 at Salzburg, Linzer Gasse 26

<p>HIER WOHNTE<br />
JG. 1912<br />
DEPORTIERT 21.5.1941<br />
ERMORDET 1941</p>
Photo: Gert Kerschbaumer

All stumbling stones at Linzer Gasse 26