Nazi Crimes on Trial
'Dachau Trials'
Trials by U.S. Army Courts in Europe 1945 - 1948

File Number: US008
Review date:
470601
Case Nr.:
5-144 (US vs. Franz Hofbauer et al) 470130
Crime Category:
War Crimes
Accused:
Hofbauer, Franz - 25 Years
Rath, Oswald - 25 Years
Court:
Military Commission at Salzburg, Austria 470129-470130
Country where the crime had been committed:
Austria
Crime Location:
Schuetzen-am-Gebirge, Eisenstadt district
Crime Date:
450213-450214
Victim:
POW’s
Nationality:
American
Agency:
Camp staff; Reich Labor Service (RAD Reichsarbeitsdienst) Eisenstadt
Subject of the proceeding:
The accused - RAD camp guards - participated in the shooting of four unknown members of the United States Army, who had parachuted from their airplanes. Two of them were captured and interrogated immediately. They were then shot under the pretense that they were trying to escape. The third was captured the next morning and brought back to headquarters where he was also interrogated and killed. The fourth was captured the following morning and was returned to his landing spot to retrieve equipment he had buried. He was shot and killed under the pretense that he was trying to escape.