Leopold was a native of the rural Waldviertel and, with little formal education, was expected to devote his life working his peasant father's small farm. Leopold however followed a military career, joining the 49th Infantry Regiment of the Austro-Hungarian Army on 7 October 1910. He left the army in 1913, having reached the rank of sergeant but returned following the outbreak of the First World War. Leopold saw action on the Eastern Front until 1915 when he was captured by the Russians. He was sent to Siberia as a prisoner of war and remained in a camp until February 1918 when he escaped, returning to Austria. Soon after this he saw service with the Volkswehr and following the reorganisation of the military after the establishment of the republic he was retained in the new Austrian Army as

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  • Josef Leopold (* 18. Februar 1889 in Haindorf, Pfarre Gobelsburg; † 24. Juni 1941 in Wolhynien) war Gauleiter und Landesleiter der NSDAP in Österreich. (de)
  • Josef Leopold (ur. 18 lutego 1889 w Langenlois, zm. 24 czerwca 1941) – polityk nazistowski. W latach 1910-1913 w austro-węgierskim 49 pułku piechoty. Brał udział w I wojnie światowej. Wzięty do niewoli przez Rosjan został skierowany do obozu jenieckiego na Syberii, skąd uciekł w lutym 1918 i przedostał się do Austrii. Od 29 sierpnia 1929 gauleiter Austrii Dolnej, 1935-1938 szef NSDAP na Austrię, odwołany przez Hitlera po Anschlussie. Poległ na Wołyniu w czasie niemieckiego ataku na ZSRR jako podpułkownik i dowódca batalionu. (pl)
  • Leopold was a native of the rural Waldviertel and, with little formal education, was expected to devote his life working his peasant father's small farm. Leopold however followed a military career, joining the 49th Infantry Regiment of the Austro-Hungarian Army on 7 October 1910. He left the army in 1913, having reached the rank of sergeant but returned following the outbreak of the First World War. Leopold saw action on the Eastern Front until 1915 when he was captured by the Russians. He was sent to Siberia as a prisoner of war and remained in a camp until February 1918 when he escaped, returning to Austria. Soon after this he saw service with the Volkswehr and following the reorganisation of the military after the establishment of the republic he was retained in the new Austrian Army as an instructor of new recruits. Leopold's initial involvement in politics came in December 1918 when he joined the Social Democratic Party of Austria. However, by the following year Leopold had switched sides to join Walter Riehl's Deutsche Nationalsozialistische Arbeiterpartei and he became a convinced activist in the party after hearing Adolf Hitler speaking at Krems an der Donau in 1920. Leopold quickly rose through the ranks, so that by 1926 he was leader of the Sturmabteilung in Lower Austria as well as deputy Gauleiter of that region. With the support of Hitler he became full Gauleiter in 1927 and was soon the leading critic of Karl Schulz, whose faction of the Austrian Nazi Party was decidedly anti-Germany in outlook. Leopold led a faction within Austrian Nazism that was underground in nature and which frequently launched terrorist attacks. His position as an extremist who supported independence meant that he clashed with the pro-Greater Germany wing of Theodor Habicht and the constitutional pro-independence wing under Anton Reinthaller. Following the banning of the Nazi Party in Austria in 1933 the fanatical Leopold was the only Gauleiter who refused to flee Austria. This resulted in his being interned in Wöllersdorf concentration camp from January 1934 to February 1935, a fact which precluded any involvement in the failed July Putsch of 1934. (en)
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  • Josef Leopold (* 18. Februar 1889 in Haindorf, Pfarre Gobelsburg; † 24. Juni 1941 in Wolhynien) war Gauleiter und Landesleiter der NSDAP in Österreich. (de)
  • Josef Leopold (ur. 18 lutego 1889 w Langenlois, zm. 24 czerwca 1941) – polityk nazistowski. W latach 1910-1913 w austro-węgierskim 49 pułku piechoty. Brał udział w I wojnie światowej. Wzięty do niewoli przez Rosjan został skierowany do obozu jenieckiego na Syberii, skąd uciekł w lutym 1918 i przedostał się do Austrii. Od 29 sierpnia 1929 gauleiter Austrii Dolnej, 1935-1938 szef NSDAP na Austrię, odwołany przez Hitlera po Anschlussie. Poległ na Wołyniu w czasie niemieckiego ataku na ZSRR jako podpułkownik i dowódca batalionu. (pl)
  • Leopold was a native of the rural Waldviertel and, with little formal education, was expected to devote his life working his peasant father's small farm. Leopold however followed a military career, joining the 49th Infantry Regiment of the Austro-Hungarian Army on 7 October 1910. He left the army in 1913, having reached the rank of sergeant but returned following the outbreak of the First World War. Leopold saw action on the Eastern Front until 1915 when he was captured by the Russians. He was sent to Siberia as a prisoner of war and remained in a camp until February 1918 when he escaped, returning to Austria. Soon after this he saw service with the Volkswehr and following the reorganisation of the military after the establishment of the republic he was retained in the new Austrian Army as (en)
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