Maria SCHIEMER, born on July 24, 1887 in Liefering near Salzburg, was the second of three children of the Catholic couple Anna and Johann Schiemer.
The family, entitled to reside in Salzburg according to Austrian law, lived in the Mülln district of the city. Maria’s father, who was a worker in the municipal gasworks, died in 1912 and her widowed mother moved to Graz.
Maria was unable to learn a trade. She worked as a maid in the hospitality industry from the age of 14 and had her first child at the age of 22, who died soon after birth.
Maria SCHIEMER remained single, lived for a time with her mother in Graz, had her second child there in 1922, and had been undergoing inpatient treatment since the mid-1920s.
In June 1931, the then 44-year-old woman was admitted to the Salzburg State Sanatorium. She was one of the 68 inmates who were deported to Hartheim and murdered on April 16, 1941.
As with all victims of the National Socialist secret action »T4«1, the death of the 53-year-old woman is not recorded in the police registration file of the city of Salzburg.
Nothing is known here about her daughter living in Graz and her brothers who had moved away from Salzburg.
1 It was called »T4« because its Berlin headquarters were located 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’s Christian Doppler Clinic).
- Salzburg city archives
- Schloss Hartheim Learning and Remembrance Center
Laid 06.07.2011 at Salzburg, Müllner Hauptstraße 25