Franz Ziereis
The Commandant of Mauthausen
August 1939 to May 1945



Photo credit: Andras Tsagatakis Collection, USHMM.

    He allowed his eleven year old son to shoot prisoners with a rifle from their front porch. Ziereis was wounded by Allied soldiers and subsequently died some time later from his wounds. He never really admitted his crimes. 40,000 prisoners had perished in the first four months of 1945.