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May 5, 2015

Today is the 70ieth anniversary of the liberation of the Mauthausen concentration camp

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 2:31 pm
Mauthausen was liberated by American soldiers on May 5, 1945

Mauthausen was liberated by American soldiers on May 5, 1945

I wrote about the liberation of the Mauthausen camp on this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/the-liberation-of-mauthausen-may-5-1945/

Mauthausen was the only  Class III camp in the concentration camp system. Prisoners who were sent there were classified as  “Return  Unwanted” meaning that they had almost no chance of being  released.

There was one American  who was a prisoner at Mauthausen: Lt. Jack Taylor. You can read about him on this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/05/06/lt-cmdr-jack-h-taylor-americas-first-navy-seal/

The Mauthausen camp is unique because of these three things:

1. The Mauthausen camp is very beautiful; the town of Mauthausen is even  more beautiful.

Entrance into the Mauthausen camp

Entrance into the Mauthausen camp (Click to enlarge)

The town of Mauthausen is only a few miles from the camp (Click to enlarge)

The town of Mauthausen is only a few miles from the camp (Click to enlarge)

2. More lies have been told about this camp than about any other Nazi concentration camp. The biggest lie ever told is the lie about the Mauthausen gas chamber, which was a multi-purpose room where prisoners could take a shower, or be killed by gas put into the room through an apparatus that was removed just before the camp was liberated.

The Mauthausen gas chamber was a fully functioning shower room

The Mauthausen gas chamber was a fully functioning shower room (Click on the photo to enlarge)

3. There are more memorials to the former prisoners of this camp than there are in any of the other Concentration Camp Memorial Sites.

The Memorial to the Jews who were killed at Mauthausen is in the most prominent spot

The Memorial to the Jews, who were killed at Mauthausen, is in the most prominent spot (Click on photo to enlarge)

Memorial to Lt. Gen. Dmitri Karbyshev who was frozen in a block of ice

Memorial to Russian Lt. Gen. Dmitri Karbyshev who was frozen in a block of ice in the Mauthausen camp

Albanian partisan ready to smash a defeated German soldier in the face

Albanian partisan ready to smash a defeated German soldier in the face

6 Comments »

  1. “Alright Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up” Lt. (senior grade) Jack H. Taylor, U.S. Navy, from Hollywood, CA tells cameramen (probably also from Hollywood) at the liberation of Mauthhausen about the camp’s gas chamber and some of the other fiendish ways his Nazi captors murdered the prisoners there. http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675060581_Mauthausen-Concentration-Camp_Lieutenant-Jack-Taylor_capture-and-imprisonment_conditions

    Comment by who dares wings — May 5, 2015 @ 6:56 pm

    • Every time I hear his name first thing that comes to mind is Claudette Colbert’s topless scene in the movie
      “Sign of the Cross”. That’s when Hollywood had “real” ladies.

      Comment by Tim — May 5, 2015 @ 11:36 pm

    • I have added a link, on my blog post, to another blog post, in which I wrote about Lt. Jack H. Taylor.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 6, 2015 @ 7:34 am

  2. The Mauthausen gas chamber needs to be compared to the Dachau ” gas chamber ” Both seem to have a similar height , both have metal doors with peep holes and both seem to be equipped with showers. Have we any original plans/blue prints for the Mauthausen ” gas chamber ” ? I think the riddle of the Dachau ” gas chamber ” will be found by determining the function of the Mauthausen chamber. I suspect you will find they are both chemical/ gas warfare decontamination chambers.

    Comment by peter — May 5, 2015 @ 5:28 pm

    • Sorry, but I think that the gas chamber at Dachau and the gas chamber at Mauthausen were both shower rooms. The ceiling of the Dachau Gas Chamber was lowered when the American liberators of the camp converted the room into a gas chamber.

      The ceiling of the Mauthausen shower room is 10 feet high and it has real water pipes. The water pipes in the Dachau shower room are now hidden by the new ceiling that was put in by the Americans.

      The Mauthausen gas chamber does not have any way to put in the gas. The apparatus for putting in the gas was removed a couple of days before the Mauthausen camp was liberated. Testimony about the Mauthausen gas chamber was given by a prisoner who was in the Gusen sub-camp of Mauthausen.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 6, 2015 @ 7:42 am

  3. I’ll dig out my violin and play a sad tune..

    Comment by Tim — May 5, 2015 @ 3:20 pm


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