Szokoll, Carl

ARMY OFFICER (AUSTRIA)
BORN 15 Oct 1915, Wien - DIED 25 Aug 2004, Wien
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Zentralfriedhof, Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, Simmering (Gruppe 33 G, nummer 33)

Carl Szokoll was the son of a soldier in the Austrian army. He grew up in poor circumstances, but his results at school were good and he entered the Austrian army in 1934. His girlfriend Christl Kukula was the daughter of a Jewish industrialist. He had met het in 1936, but in 1938 he was forced to end the relationship to save his army career. They secretly stayed in contact with each other, married in 1946 and had a son in the same year.

He was part of the Austrian resistance during World War II. In 1940 he was wounded in France and he was transferred to Vienna. He was in close contact with Von Stauffenberg but his part in the plot wasn't revealed after the attempt on Hitler's life in 1944 failed. He had always called Von Stauffenberg from the Laundry and never from his own office (it has also been stated that he was found out but that he claimed to have followed orders and was never punished).

During the end of the war he tried to surrender Vienna to the Russians, but he was found out. He managed to escape and was sentenced to death in his absence. In 1946 he and Christl had a son. He became an author and a film producer and he held lectures on the war for students. In 2003 he became a honourary citizen of Vienna.

Sources
Find-A-Grave
Carl Szokoll - Wikipedia

Images

The grave of Carl Szokoll at the Zentralfriedhof, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (25 Aug 2005)

 


Taglioni, Marie

Published: 3 Aug 2008
Last update: 21 Mar 2010