Franz Stangl

Austrian Ss Officer
Born Mar 26, 1908

Franz Paul Stangl was an Austrian-born SS commandant of the Sobibor and Treblinka extermination camps during the Operation Reinhard phase of the Holocaust. He was arrested in Brazil in 1967, extradited and tried in West Germany for the mass murder of 900,000 people, and in 1970 was found guilty and sentenced to the maximum penalty, life imprisonment. He died of heart failure six months later.… Read More

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1908 Birth Stangl was born on March 26, 1908 in Altmünster, located in the Salzkammergut region of Austria. … Read More
1916 8 Years Old Stangl claimed his father died of malnutrition in 1916. … Read More


1923 15 Years Old Stangl completed his public schooling in 1923.
1927 19 Years Old In his teens he secured an apprenticeship as a weaver, qualifying as a master weaver in 1927. … Read More


1930 22 Years Old He moved to Innsbruck in 1930 and applied for an appointment in the Austrian federal police. … Read More
1931 23 Years Old 1 More Event
He was accepted in early 1931 and trained for two years at the federal police academy in Linz.
1935 27 Years Old In 1935, Stangl was accepted into the Kriminalpolizei as detective in the Austrian town of Wels. … Read More


1938 30 Years Old Stangl joined the SS in May 1938. … Read More
1940 32 Years Old 1 More Event
After the onset of World War II, in early 1940, Stangl was instructed to report for work at the Public Service Foundation for Institutional Care (Gemeinnützige Stiftung für Anstaltspflege), a front organization of the T-4 Euthanasia Program. … Read More
In March 1942, Stangl was given a choice to either return to the Linz Gestapo or be transferred to Lublin for work in Operation Reinhard. … Read More
1943 35 Years Old In August 1943, along with Globocnik, Stangl was transferred to Trieste, where he helped organize the campaign against Yugoslav partisans and local Jews.
1945 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Due to illness, he returned to Vienna in early 1945, where he served in the "Alpine Fortress" (Alpenfestung).


1948 40 Years Old On May 30, 1948, Stangl escaped to Italy with his colleague from Sobibór, SS sergeant Gustav Wagner. Roman Catholic Bishop Alois Hudal, a Nazi sympathizer forced in 1952 to resign by the Vatican, helped him to escape through a "ratline" and to reach Syria using a Red Cross passport.
1951 43 Years Old Stangl was joined by his wife and family and lived in Syria for three years before they moved to Brazil in 1951. … Read More


1961 53 Years Old Although his role in the mass murder of men, women, and children was known to the Austrian authorities a warrant was not issued for Stangl's arrest until 1961.
1967 59 Years Old Despite being registered under his real name at the Austrian consulate in São Paulo, it took another six years before he was tracked down by Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal and arrested by Brazilian federal police on February 28, 1967. … Read More


1970 62 Years Old The court Schwurgericht Düsseldorf found Stangl guilty on October 22, 1970, and sentenced him to maximum penalty, life imprisonment. … Read More
1971 63 Years Old That is my guilt.'" He died of heart failure nineteen hours after the conclusion of that interview, in Düsseldorf prison on June 28, 1971. … Read More
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