Ziereis, Franz (1905-1945)

Standartenfuehrer - Colonel

Munich-born Ziereis worked as a messenger and laborer. He joined the German Army in 1924, served twelve years in the Reichswehr and was discharged as a sergeant. Joining the SS in early 1939 he was assigned to Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp as commandant, then promoted to colonel as commandant of the Mauthausen-Gusen camp complex. Had his eleven year-old son play live target practice, shooting prisoners from his front porch. Fleeing the camp in 1945 as the Allies approached, he hid in his hunting lodge up in the Austrian mountains, was shot as he fled by American soldiers dying in the Mauthausen-Gusen hospital in 1945, aged forty. Former prisoners hung his corpse on the fence of the Gusen camp.

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