Holocaust Yizkor

The LOBL family
 Al Bjorn

I wish to add my grand parents to the list of
Jewish families from Lackenbach who died in the holocaust.

My grand father was Benjamin Lobl, (Loebl) D.O.B. June 21, 1889.
My grand mother was Elsa Lobl (nee Zoller) D.O.B. June 2, 1895..

They had 4 children: Helene, Hilda, Martin and Rosa (my mother).
They all were smuggled out of Nazi occupied Austria to England in 1938.
 Helene got out on her own and Hilda, Martin and Rosa were evacuated out of Austria
by the "Kinders Transport".
Martin died in the British military during the war.
Helene, Hilda and Rosa all immigrated to Canada in the early 1950's.

The following is information I obtained from the Austrian
dokumentationarchiv about the fate of my grandparents:

 "LOEBL Benno born 21. june 1889 in Lackenbach, shoemaker
LOEBL Elsa, nee Zoller, born june 1895,
last adress: Wien 2, Grosse Schiffgasse 6/4
deportation with transport 1 to Opole on 15. feb. 1941

On February 15th, 1941 and February 26th, 1941 two  deportation transports
with altogether 1962 Jewish  men, women and children on board left Vienna
Aspang  Station bound for Opole, a small town south of  Lublin.
Opole had a long established Jewish community; when  war broke out about
4000 Jews lived here, i.e. about  70 % of the population, a proportion
which rose  further after the beginning of the war, as Jews from  other
parts of Poland were forcefully resettled here.
By March 1941 about 8,000 Jews were deported to the  ghetto which had been
set up in Opole. The new  arrivals were either lodged with resident Jewish
families, or in mass accomodation, as for example in  a synagogue or in
newly erected huts.
In the ghetto itself no restriction was placed on the  freedom of movement
of the inmates, and there were no  boundary lines, yet it was forbidden on
the threat of  severe punishment to leave Opole without official permission.
Control of the ghetto was undertaken by the security service of the SS (SD), the Gendarmerie
  and also, as may be concluded from witnesses' testimony, by German army soldiers.
The inhabitants of the ghetto were largely dependant  on themselves
as far as earning a living was  concerned.
From May 1941 about 800 men capable of work were deployed as forced labour in Deblin.
The liquidation of Opole ghetto began as early as  spring 1942.
A transport to Belzec extermination camp  left on March 31st, 1942,
and deportations to Sobibor  followed in May and October 1942.
Of the 1962 Viennese Jews 28 are known to have  survived.

Daughter Helene Brooks 24. aug. 1918 survived in exile.
I hope I copuld help you,
Gisela Wibihail"

I hope you can use this information in your website.


Al Bjorn