approx. 85 min
On the night of May 2, 1945, five days before the end of World War II, 228 Hungarian Jews were murdered in the small Lower Austrian community of Hofamt Priel by perpetrators unnamed to this day. Witnesses recognized local helpers, but the murderers were never found, nor was there a trial. The massacre is one of the last so-called “Endphase Crimes,” and maybe the last that we know so little about. Everyone – survivors, relatives of the victims, but also the families of the perpetrators and local witnesses – have to deal with a terrible memory and have been silent about the events for more than 75 years.
Hans Hochstöger * 1982 Melk Austria