Hayler, Dr. Franz Josef Ferdinand , born 29-08-1900 in Schwarzenfeld,
became involved in politics early on, fighting in the Bund Oberland, Freikorps Oberland,
against the Bavarian Soviet Republic, in the Ruhr area and Upper Silesia, and was a participant in Adolf Hitler’s failed Beerhall Putsch
. Other members of the Freikorps Oberland were Heinrich Himmler
Josef Sepp Dietrich
, Emil Maurice
, Karl Gebhardt
and sister Pia
. On 01-12-1931, he joined the Nazi Party
as member no. 754133, and on 23-03-1934 also the SS
, membership no. 64697, where in 1939 he rose to Standartenführer, and later Brigadeführer at the SD’s main office. Hayler, who had been a self-employed salesman since 1927, furthermore took up offices in many economic associations, becoming in June 1933 the leader of the Reich Association of Sellers of Colonial-Ware, Delicatessen and Foodstuff Retail Merchandise, shortened to Rekofei, and from 1934 to 1943 leader of Wirtschaftsgruppe Einzelhandel (“Economic Group Retail”), and still later, in 1938, leader of the ReichsgruppeHandel, Reich Group Commerce. Before 11-09-1942 and until the end of World War II, he was a member of the Reichstag, taking a position in the Reich Economics Ministry in 1943, where he was appointed State Secretary and the Reich Economics Minister’s agent.
In May 1945, he became “Ministerial Director” in Karl Dönitz‘s
twenty-two day old “Government” in Flensburg. He was arrested by the British, but no charges of war crimes were made and he was released.
Death and burial ground of Hayler, Dr. Franz Josef Ferdinand .
Hayler later became a businessman with his own firm in Munich importing and exporting.
Living in Aschau am Chiemsee, Hayler died at the age of 72 on 11-09-1972 and is buried with his wife Agathe, born Pfeifer, on the Stadtfriedhof of Aschau am Inn. Only steps away the graves of the Generalleutnant der Artillerie, Kommandeur 56th
, Edmund Blaurock
, Oberst der Wehrmacht, Chief of Staff of the V SS Mountain Corps, Rainer von Kriebel, Generalleutnant der Nachrichtentruppe, Heeresgruppe Weichsel, Rudolf Meltzer