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August Eigrüber, 'Gauleiter' of Oberdonau

1945

Lukas - Art in Flanders

Lukas - Art in Flanders

In the end of the war, Gauleiter August Eigruber ordered to explode the Altaussee mine, where the Altarpiece panels - among many other looted masterpieces - were stocked. Bombs were sent to Altaussee, in boxes bearing the inscription "Vorsicht Marmor, Nicht stürzen": "Attention Marble, Do not overthrow". Fortunately, the destruction was avoided.

A "Gauleiter" was a regional leader of the Nazi party, as well as the administrative supervisor of a Gau (province). It was the second highest rank in the Nazi paramilitary hierarchy.

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