Austria commemorates liberation of Mauthausen and Gusen concentration camps

With a commemorative act on the eve of the 77th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps Mauthausen and Gusen, the concentration camp memorial Mauthausen remembered the victims of the concentration camp.

International representatives, as well as the head of the Austrian government took part in   the commemoration ceremony.

Representatives of the victim countries as well as victim groups, survivor organizations and regional memorial initiatives commemorated and honoured the dead.

Together with the Austrian state leadership, these organizations wanted to draw attention to the more than 35,000 people who were murdered and pay their respects to the approximately 70,000 prisoners from almost 30 nations who were imprisoned in the Mauthausen concentration camp between the years 1940 and 1945.

The commemorative act will took place at the former roll call site of the Gusen concentration camp.

The Austrian Federal President Alexander van der Bellen, Federal Chancellor Karl Nehammer, Minister of the Interior Karner and other members of the Federal Government as well as representatives of the parliamentary clubs took part in the commemoration ceremony.

Following the commemorative act at the former roll call site, the light and sound installation “#eachnamematters” was shown at the Memorial Gusen in cooperation with the Ars Electronica Center Linz.

The names of the victims of the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp system were projected onto the outer wall of the Memorial and read out at the same time.


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