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August Eigruber

August Eigruber (1907-1946) joined the NSDAP in 1927. In 1930 he became head of the Hitler Youth and party leader for the region of Steyr and in 1931 for the city of Steyr. He became leader of the then illegal NSDAP for Upper Austria in 1936.

Immediately after the "Anschluss" with Nazi Germany in March of 1938, Eigruber became "Gauleiter" of Upper Austria and in 1940 "Reichsstatthalter" for "Oberdonau" of which Linz was the capital.

Having, so to speak, grown up in the party, Eigruber was a particularly enthusiastic Nazi. He was on good terms with Hitler and Bormann and was successful in asserting his ideas about the rebuilding of Linz over the head of the official architect Roderich Fick.

Eigruber's especially brutal style of ruthless repression as "Reichsstatthalter" led to his conviction and execution in Landsberg in 1946.