BIAAS: Blog by Peter Pirker (BIAAS Grantee)


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BIAAS Austro-Americana Blog Series

Former BIAAS Grantee Peter Pirker documents the heroic efforts of Fred Mayer, Hans Wijnberg and Franz Weber in the Operation Greenup enterprise conducted by the Office of Strategic Services in 1945.

No sleep till (Inns)Brooklyn: OSS operation Greenup and the Liberation of the Tyrol in May 1945  
The New York Times’ headline “Torture Endured by Brooklynite Made Innsbruck Entry Bloodless” informed the public why US troops didn’t have to fight when on May 3, 1945, they took the Austrian city of Innsbruck, the largest city in the so-called Alpine redoubt of Nazi Germany. The article featured the now famous Operation Greenup and its chief operator Frederick “Fred” Mayer.

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