Looking into the Landl valley of Styria; Anton Hansch, 1837
|• Mayor||Bernhard Moser (SPÖ)|
|• Total||104.3 km2 (40.3 sq mi)|
|Elevation||520 m (1,710 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2016)|
|• Density||12/km2 (31/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Second World War History
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Late in the Second World War a Wehrmacht division was stopped outside of the village, and this group of 70 soldiers were questioned. Their trial was a quick, and they were suspected of being deserters. This suspension led to the higher Wehrmacht officers ruling them to be guilty. Their evidence for this suspension was that the division was marching unorganized, caring enemy infantry weapons, and were marching away from the front. As well as their papers, also known as orders, were disorganized. There was not a mutiny nor a revolt. It just appeared that they did not want to fight.
Being found guilty of the division of 70 men were all executed. They died on April 12, 1945. They died because they knew that the war they had waged was coming to an end, and they just wanted to return home. Today their grave stones lay in the peaceful valley, next to a yellow chapel. Under the cool shadows of the Alps, where the evils National Socialism can no longer hurt them. If one were to walk to the sight, then one could see the names and ages of the men where died, where they will rest in peace.
Landl lies in the Land valley near the confluence of the Salza and the Enns.
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