Anton Lechner

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Anton Lechner
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Anton Lechner
Born (1907-11-18)November 18, 1907
Buchers
Occupation SS-Rottenführer
Known for Defendant at the Auschwitz Trial
Political party
National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP)

Anton Lechner (born November 18, 1907) was an SS-Rottenführer and member of staff at Auschwitz concentration camp. He was prosecuted at the Auschwitz Trial.

Lechner was born in Buchers (Pohoří na Šumavě (1869-1910), (Sudetenland)). He was a citizen of Czechoslovakia until 1938. He held German citizenship after the annexation of the Sudetenland by the Third Reich. After primary school he became a coach-driver. He joined the Nazi party and the SS in December 1939. In February 1941 he was assigned to Auschwitz, where he initially served as a guard, and then as a reserve vehicle driver from 1943 to December 5, 1944.

For his cruelty to prisoners on multiple occasions, he was tried by the Supreme National Tribunal at the Auschwitz Trial in Kraków and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Due to an amnesty, he was released in the fifties.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Cyprian T., Sawicki J., Siedem wyroków Najwyższego Trybunału Narodowego, Poznań 1962