Maier, Joseph.

Biography

Maier, Joseph. b. March 7, 1907, Oberfellach, Kärnten, Austria, to US 1923; Austrian American; Jewish; father Joseph Maier, mother Johanna Maier; Elementary school education; No prior military service; Single; Butcher and Driver; CP November 3, 1932, CP of Spain; Received Passport# 365110 on February 3, 1937 which listed his address as 324 (348) East 84th Street, NYC; Sailed February 10, 1937 aboard the Washington; Arrived in Spain on February 19, 1937; Served in Regt. De Tren February 24, 1927 to October 16, 1937, Attended School for Political Commissars October 20, 1937 to January 11, 1938; , Evacuation Group IB January 11, 1938 to June 13, 1938, and Army of the Ebro Sanidad, Administrator and driver in charge of Transport June 13, 1938 to October 10, 1938; Rank Company Commissar (March 1937) and Battalion/Regimental Commissar (July 1937); Served at Guadalajara, Jarama, Brunete, Belchite, Quinto; Teruel, Extramadura, and Ebro Offensive; Returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the Ausonia.
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 942, ll. 1-16 (includes autobiography in German).
Photograph: Joe Maier in Spain, RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 942.