The Mauthausen Memorial

The Mauthausen Memorial
The Mauthausen Memorial (photo credits: Mauthausen Memorial / Ralf Lechner)

From 1938 to 1945, the Mauthausen concentration camp was at the centre of a system of over 40 subcamps and was the main site of political, social and racist persecution by the National Socialist regime on Austrian territory. Of a total of around 190,000 people imprisoned here, at least 90,000 were murdered.

The Mauthausen Memorial is a former crime scene, a place of memory, a cemetery for the mortal remains of thousands of those murdered here and, increasingly, a site of political and historical education. Its task is to ensure public awareness of the history of the Mauthausen concentration camp and its subcamps, the memory of its victims, and the responsibility borne by the perpetrators and onlookers. At the same time it seeks to promote public critical engagement with this history in the context of its significance for the present and future.