Alfred SCHUECH was born in Pollham (in the Grieskirchen district of Upper Austria) on April 11, 1893 and was the only child of the Catholic couple Mathilde and Friedrich Schuech.
The family had local citizenship rights in Salzburg and lived at 4 Kapuzinerstiege, near the cloister on the Kapuzinerberg, a house that belonged the Kelz family at the time.1
Alfred was employed in a plant nursery until he was admitted as a patient in the Salzburg State Asylum for the first time in December 1923. Alfred’s father was a commercial clerk before his death in 1930 and his widowed mother went into a nursing home in 1932.
Their son Alfred SCHUECH was deported from the State Asylum to the Schloss Hartheim killing center near Linz on April 17, 1941 and was murdered there.
The death of 48 year old Alfred SCHUECH was not recorded in the Salzburg police registration files, as was the practice for all the murdered victims of the secret »T4«2 campaign to eliminate the handicapped from the Third Reich.
His mother died in the Nonntal old age home in 1956 when she was 90 years old.
1 Under the Nazi regime the Kapuzinerstiege was renamed the Imbergstiege and it has never been restored to its original name.
2 The »T4« »euthanasia« program was called that because its headquarters in Berlin was located 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’s Christian Doppler Clinic).
- Salzburg city archives
- Schloss Hartheim Study and Memorial Site
Translation: Stan Nadel
Laid 03.07.2014 at Salzburg, Imbergstiege 4