Georg Bachmayer

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Georg Bachmayer
Georg Bachmeyer at Mauthausen
Born(1913-08-12)August 12, 1913
DiedMay 8, 1945(1945-05-08) (aged 31)
Münzbach, Austria
Allegiance Nazi Germany
Service/branchFlag of the Schutzstaffel.svg Schutzstaffel
Years of service1933–1945
RankSS-Hauptsturmführer Collar Rank.svg Hauptsturmführer (Captain)
Unit3rd SS Division Logo.svg SS-Totenkopfverbände

Georg Bachmayer (August 12, 1913 – May 8, 1945) was an SS-Hauptsturmführer (captain) and member of the SS-Totenkopfverbände who served as the Schutzhaftlagerführer, with responsibility for prisoners while they were inside the Mauthausen concentration camp, he also oversaw granite production in the quarry. In this position he also inspected the satellite camps and supervised the construction of the Ebensee camp. He was considered a brutal sadist.

"Bachmayer was clearly a sadist. His speciality was to set two mastiff-like bloodhounds (one in 1944 "Lord") on inmates, which would literally tear them to death. This was known in camp jargon as ‘dying from the dog’s kiss’. The real cause of death from a medical point of view was usually general sepsis, if the inmate didn’t die immediately of heart failure. Of the thousands of inmates that Bachmayer himself killed or tortured, just two cases are mentioned here. One day the evening roll call in block 20 didn’t tally and one inmate was missing. In block 20 the unfortunate victims of Action K were housed under special security measures [...] where they were left to die of hunger. When the missing inmate was noticed, all the other inmates in the entire camp were first required to fall in and remain standing in the roll call area. At the same time a search was initiated and the missing inmate was ultimately found in one of the normal inmate blocks where he had hidden in the hope of avoiding starvation. When Bachmayer received the report that the inmate had been found, he was standing by chance next to the undersigned. He began to tremble with gleeful excitement and said half to himself ‘I’ll batter this one to death myself’, which he then proceeded to do." Gerhard Kanthack, former German government official and political prisoner at Mauthausen (AMM V/3/20)

Several examples of Bachmayer's brutality are described by Vasily Bunelik.[1]

Bachmayer committed suicide nearby Prihetsberg (Austria) on May 8, 1945 after shooting his wife and two children.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ Thompson, Leslie. "mauthausen survivor". Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  2. ^ Ernst Klee: Das Personenlexikon zum Dritten Reich - Wer war was vor und nach 1945, Frankfurt am Main, 2. Auflage, June 2007, ISBN 978-3-596-16048-8
  3. ^ The Box from Braunau: In Search of My Father's War By Jan Elvin Publisher: AMACOM; 1 edition (May 2009) Language: English ISBN 0-8144-1049-9 ISBN 978-0814410493
  4. ^ The Architecture of Oppression: The SS, Forced Labor and the Nazi Monumental Building Economy (Architext) by Paul B. Jaskot. Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (January 4, 2000) Language: English ISBN 0-415-17366-3 ISBN 978-0415173667