AUSTRIA: Hojer, Weber, Lessing

Hofer, Weber, Lessing

Hofer is a great name in the Tyrol. Bearded, barrel-chested Tyrolean Patriot Andreas Hofer, most faithful friend of the House of Habsburg, captured Innsbruck twice from French and Bavarian troops during the Napoleonic wars, was captured by Italian troops and executed at Mantua in 1810 under Napoleon's orders. His tomb is a shrine for Austrian patriotism. From the Tyrol too comes Franz Hofer, an Austrian Nazi. No friend of the Habsburgs, eager to see his country absorbed by Ger- many, Nazi Hofer unwittingly added 8,000 men to the little Austrian...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!