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Memorials around the camp

Mauthausen was established in 1938, in Austria and is about 6 miles from the city of Linz. Up until 1942, the camp was primarily a camp and killing centre for 'undesirable political prisoners" from Germany, as well as opposition persons from occupied countries. In 1942, the decision was made to expand the industry in the camp and sub camps. The camp population grew from about 15,000 in early 1943 to 84,000 in March, 1945. Large numbers of Jews did not begin to arrive until the middle of 1944. About 200,000 prisoners are estimated to have passed through the camp of which 119,000 died, including about 38,000 Jews. The camp was not an 'extermination' camp as defined by the Nazis, but a camp where prisoners were worked to death.


Because of the harsh regime at Mauthausen Concentration Camp it was one of the most feared camps to be sent to. The camp was given a Rating III the only other camp with this rating was the sub camp at Gusen. It was used for extermination by labour. There were 101 sub camps spread out throughtout Austria.

Former East German Memorial

  • Last visit to Mauthausen: Jun 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2010 at 4:17 AM

    So terrible what humans can do to each other!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    I notice that this former concentration camp now has a street address, Erinnerungsstrasse 1 -- meaning Memory Street or Remembering Street. Yes, it's important that places like this are not forgotten.

  • Apr 27, 2008 at 9:16 AM

    Nice page! and useful tips

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2007 at 9:19 AM

    Reminders of the past are good for the future - thank for all the explainations on a place every one should fear

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2007 at 10:55 PM

    One cannot believe that other humans could be this cruel, but unfortunately it still happens today;-)

  • Fam.Rauca's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2006 at 7:51 AM

    A very interesting web page! This place is a reason to reflect for the humanity. Gabriela

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Jun 8, 2006 at 12:43 PM

    It's hard to believe that anyone should have found pleasure in torturing others and working them to death. Your page is a poignant reminder and a warning to us.

  • Diana75's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2006 at 11:56 AM

    Interesting to read your tips about this impressive place, Alan. Nobody should ever forget the painful past.


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