Rosa TRAINTINGER was born in Bergheim bei Salzburg (just north of the city) on August 5, 1900 and was baptized in the Roman Catholic Church. She was the seventh of the eight children of Anna and Johann Traintinger, farmers in Bergheim (Hubergut).
In 1908 the mother of the eight children died in the St. Anna-hospital1 in Gnigl (an adjacent town that was annexed to the city of Salzburg in 1935).
Her daughter Rosa worked intermittently as a servant in Hallwang and Gnigl, but wasn’t well. At first, she was taken in as a patient at the St. Anna hospital, but in May 1935 she was transferred to the Salzburg State Asylum in Salzburg-Lehen.
Rosa TRAINTINGER was one of the 68 women deported to the Hartheim Castle killing center near Linz Austria on April 16, 1941, where she was murdered.
As with all the other victims of the Nazis’ secret »T4«2 extermination program the death of 40 year-old Rosa TRAINTINGER was not recorded in Salzburg’s police registration records.
Rosas siblings survived the terror years.
1 St. Anna-hospital or nursing home in Gnigl is now the St. Anna health center located at 6 Grazer Bundesstraße.
2 It was called that because the »Euthanasie«-Central Office in Berlin was located at Tiergartenstraße 4.
Those primarily responsible for the murders of the sick in Salzburg were: Dr. Friedrich Rainer as Reich governor, Dr. Oskar Hausner as head of the district welfare office, Dr. Leo Wolfer as head of the state sanatorium and Dr. Heinrich Wolfer as head of the hereditary biology department of the state sanatorium (today the Christian Doppler Clinic).
- War Crimes Records of the U.S. Judge Advocate Division Headquarters (The National Archives Washington DC)
- Salzburg city and state archives
- Salzburg Archbishopric archives (register books)
Translation: Stan Nadel
Laid 13.09.2023 at Salzburg, Grazer Bundesstraße 6