Nazi leaders need experienced police officers to build a force, said Michael Holzmann, the son of the Austrian Nazis. He said: “Huber seized this opportunity and changed from a small investigator to the most successful leader of the former Austrian Gestapo terrorist regime.”
After Germany annexed Austria in March 1938, Huber was appointed the head of the Gestapo in the most important areas of the country, including the capital Vienna. Soon after, the Gestapo began extensive investigations of dissidents in Austria, and Huber ordered “immediate arrest of unwelcome people, especially Jews with strong criminal motives, and transfer them to Dahow concentration camp.”
Until the end of the war, Huber worked in his position and gained more and more personnel and authority. During this period, 70,000 Austrian Jews who could not leave the country were murdered, accounting for nearly 40% of the original community, while their property was looted by the Nazis.
Eichmann confirmed in the trial that he had participated in the deportation of Jews, but refused to admit the crime of genocide. He said: “I have no choice but to follow my orders.”
Huber took another approach. In 1948, an official of the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal interviewed him as a witness, not as a suspect. He said that until the end of 1944, his deputy told him some ambiguities that he knew nothing about the extinction.
Professor Moshe Zimmerman, a historian and Holocaust scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said: “But historical evidence paints a completely different picture.” In hiding, they were forced to board the train and deported to the camp. The police and the police were responsible. The Gestapo under Husta.”