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Sepp Kerschbaumer

The South Tyrolean freedom fighter Kerschbaumer is one of the prominent figures in the struggle for South Tyrolean autonomy.

He was born in 1913 at Frangarto/Appiano. Sepp Kerschbauner loved his home and was designated for struggling for South Tyrol. He lost his father in war at the age of four. Only short after also his mother deceased, that is to say at the age of nine.

The young man studied at the Rainerum in Bolzano and Novacella. Afterwards he learned at the mercantile preparatory school in Bressanone. In 1933 Sepp Kerschbaumer had to complete his military service in Bressanone. His participation at a restricted political event in 1934 at Potenza brought him his conviction. When in 1935 he was reprieved by Benito Mussolini and was enabled to return to South Tyrol.

His guadian consigned him the shop of his parents. Sepp Kerschbaumer married Maria Spitaler, citizen of Frangarto, with whom he had six children, five of which still live today.

In the period of the option, Kerschbaumer opted for Germany, but soon realised the missing support of Hilter and started to act as an opponent. In 1944 he was conscripted for military service in Bolzano.

When the political party Südtiroler Volkspartei was founded, Sepp Kerschbaumer joined this party with commitment and become chairman and representative of Frangarto. Due to the circumstances, this man fought for South Tyrol and founded the BAS (Befreiungsausschuss Südtirol - liberation committee South Tyrol). After the so-called Feuernacht (night of fires) he was arrested together with his fellow combatants and sentenced to 15 years and 11 months of imprisonment. Sepp Kerschbaumer died the same year - 1964 - in prison from a heart attack. About 15,000 people attended his funeral. Undoubtedly he was one of the figures who pointed the way to autonomy in South Tyrol. Still today, every year Sepp Kerschbaumer is worshipped at his grave-site in S. Paolo.

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