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Felix Imre (November 19, 1917 – November 2, 1943) was an Austrian soldier of German Wehrmacht and a Resistance fighter. He was sentenced to death by Nazi Jurisdiction and decapitated.

Life and Work[]

Imre was born in the village of Pottendorf close to Vienna. As a young man he joined NSDAP and SA when both organizations were still illegal in Austria. He participated in World War II and was awarded an Iron Cross (second class) for his merits in the battle of France. Due to his war experiences he repositioned himself politically and, in 1941, joined an Austrian resistance group calling itself Der Soldatenrat. This group was part of the Communist Youth of Austria. Together with Elfriede Hartmann, Friedrich Mastny, Franz Reingruber and others he produced flyers and letters to soldiers calling for resistance against the regime and an end of the cruel war. On April 13, 1942 Felix Imre was arrested and thereafter heavily tortured by the Gestapo. On September 24, 1943 he put on trial before the Volksgerichtshof for preparation of high treason and Feindbegünstigung (giving aid and comfort to the enemy) and got the capital punishment.

In all 13 members of the resistance group Soldatenrat were sentenced to death and decapitated at the Regional Court of Vienna. The six women and seven men were in the age of 18 to 25 when they were brought to death. Also, five weeks after his trial Felix Imre was guillotined.

Commemoration[]

Imre's name is listed on the Memorial Plaque for 536 persons executed by the Nazi Jurisdiction for political reasons in Vienna between 1942 and 1945. The plaque is located in the former execution hall of Vienna's regional court.[1] The corpse of Felix was buried in a shaft grave complex at the Zentralfriedhof of Vienna where most of the beheaded men and women were interred. The grave can be found in Section 40 (Row 26, Grave 190). In October 1988 his home village Pottenstein dedicated a Memorial Stone to "Felix Imre and all citizens of the village who became victims of fascism". The Memorial Stone can be found in the Josef-Stockinger-Park.[2][3]

Sources[]

  • Erkennungsdienstliche Kartei der Gestapo Wien (Gestapo records), scientifically processed by the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance, with photographs, retrieved Februar 21, 2015
  • Willi Weinert: „Mich könnt ihr löschen, aber nicht das Feuer“: ein Führer durch den Ehrenhain der Gruppe 40 am Wiener Zentralfriedhof für die hingerichteten WiderstandskämpferInnen. Verlag Alfred-Klahr-Gesellschaft, 2005, 80, 153 [1]

Nachweise[]

  1. Nachkriegsjustiz, retrieved on February 21, 2015
  2. Heinz Arnberger, Claudia Kuretsidis-Haider (ed.): Gedenken und Mahnen in Niederösterreich. Erinnerungszeichen zu Widerstand, Verfolgung, Exil und Befreiung. mandelbaum verlag, Vienna 2011, 227-228
  3. Memorial Stone for Felix Imre in Pottenstein, image of the monument, retrieved on February 21, 2015

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