A key player in the annexation of Austria in 1938, Odilo Globocnik was made Gauleiter of Vienna for seven months until the Nazi part forced him to resign because of his abrasive manner, murky financial dealings and blatant incompetence. Due to a close personal relationship with Heinrich Himmler, however, Globocnik was named to the seminal post of Lubin SS and Police Chief from 1939 to 1943, where he built and was in charge of some 150 camps, including the Majdanek camp and the killing centres Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka.
Berndt Rieger was born in Carinthia in 1962 and is a specialist in internal medicine in private practice in Bamberg. He has contributed to journals since 1986 and has published 10 books, mostly novels. Recently the author has concentrated on Carinthian Nazi history, self-publishing biographies of minor Holocaust figures from his hometown of Wolfsberg.