Book presentation: Walter Brunner „Josef Schleich. ‚Judenschlepper‘ aus Graz 1938-1941. Eine Dokumentation“
Josef Schleich was not the only one who smuggled people persecuted during the Nazi terror in the Third Reich out of Austria, but he accomplished this from 1938 to 1941 in a professional manner with the help of an elaborate smuggler organization on a large scale. Against payment, thousands of Jews were brought to the border with Yugoslavia and thereby saved from annihilation—not only under the acquiescence of the Gestapo, but also by its order. Most of the Jewish refugees saw him first and foremost as the often only possibility to save their lives. Others, in turn, condemned him as a Nazi accomplice.
Dr. Walter Brunner, born in 1940, worked from 1969 to 2003 as an archivist at the Styrian Provincial Archives in Graz; in 1993 he received his postdoctoral qualification as a lecturer of Austrian History; in 2001 he was awarded the title of senior lecturer.
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