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1940, 11 Wurmstraße

The Nazi Youth and Welfare Office boasts of the high quota of “asocials” being sent to work and forced labour camps. The head, Rudolf H., remains a highly placed civil servant after 1945.

The Youth and Welfare Office saw its central task as combating the “asocials”, “work-shy”, “parasites”, “race desecrators”, “sexually loose”, “addicts”, “drinkers”, “prostitutes”, “abortionists”, and others whose lives, from a Nazi perspective, were worthless. They were sent to concentration and work camps. In the process the Youth Office worked closely together with the “Nationalsozialistischen Volkswohlfahrt [Nazi People’s Welfare Office]” and Nazi youth organisations. This meant that a Hitler Youth leader could report a youth who would not accept being subordinated to the Youth Office.

The aim of these camps, such as the one in Weyer, was “educating ‘work refusers’ and ‘malingerers’ for disciplined work”. In its 1940 annual report the Welfare Office boasted that, “the numbers of those sent to work and forced labour camps had reached an all-time high”. This was thanks to “persistent” and “tireless combating of asocial“ behaviour which was “gaining ground year by year”.

Head of the department and author of these lines, Rudolf H., was suspended from duty for a short time in 1945 but was soon reinstated. In 1960 he was made a municipal director of the City of Linz.