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1944, 74 Untere Donaulände

Josef T. forms a communist resistance group in the tobacco factory. On the orders of the regional governor he, along with others, is shot in the Mauthausen concentration camp shortly before it is liberated.

Josef Teufl was born in 1904 in Vienna and trained as a metal worker in the Krauss locomotive factory in Linz. In 1920 he joined the Austrian CP and after it was made illegal in 1933, became chairman for the province of Upper Austria. After the civil war battles of February 1934 in which Teufl participated, he was arrested and shared a cell with the Nazi August Eigruber.

After the “Anschluss” of Austria with the German Reich, Teufl built up a network of communist resistance cells starting from the tobacco factory in Linz. He remained in the background because he knew that the Gestapo was aware of his political views. Eigruber, who was now head of the Oberdonau region, tried to convince Teufl in 1943 to become an NSDAP party functionary which, however, he refused to do.

On the 9th of September 1944 Josef Teufl was arrested and taken to Mauthausen concentration camp. In a letter which was smuggled out of the camp at the end of March Teufl expressed the hope that the Nazi reign would be over by the 1st of May. At the end of April Eigruber issued orders for the liquidation of leading anti-fascists. Teufl was one of them and was executed on the 28th or 29th of April. After the liberation a street in the Bindermichl district was named after Josef Teufl.