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Prisoners transporting stones at Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp, which was the hub of a large group of German concentration camps that was built around the villages of Mauthausen and Sankt Georgen an der Gusen in Upper Austria, roughly 20 kilometres east of the city of Linz.

"Stairs of Death": prisoners forced to carry a granite block up 186 steps to the top of the quarry

Zentralbild, 1.3.1957 Mauthausen ... eines der berüchtigsten Konzentrationslager, in dem Hunderttausende von Menschen aller Nationen von den faschistischen Henkern zu Tode gefoltert wurden. UBz: Die faschistischen Banditen inspizieren ihr Vernichtungswerk. Himmler (Mitte), Kaltenbrunner, Eigruber, Ziereis und Bachmayer, der Kommandant des Konzentrationslagers Mauthausen. 1941- Himmler im Gespräch mit Sturmbannführer Ziereis.

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Infographic: Auschwitz by the Numbers.  Today marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

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Infographic: Auschwitz by the Numbers. Today marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp Never forget and never let this happen again!

Two survivors in front of the women's barracks in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Bergen-Belsen, Germany, April 1945.

HITLER-Two survivors in front of the women's barracks in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Bergen-Belsen, Germany, April (FASCISM-Hitler called himself a National Socialist.

Campo de Concentração de Bergen Belsen. (1945).  # Celle, Alemanha.

The Liberation of Belsen Concentration Camp April A British Army bulldozer pushes bodies into a mass grave at Belsen. - 19 April Photo b/w, history, KZ. Never forget.

186 steps known as the Stairway of Death~Mauthausen and the nearby Gusen camp, which also had a quarry, were the only Class III camps in the Nazi concentration camp system. This designation meant a punishment camp where prisoners were sentenced to hard labor. In addition, there was a "punishment kommando" in which prisoners had to carry heavy granite boulders up a steep flight of stairs.

A Soviet honor guard stands before the "Todesstiege" (The Stairs of Death) in the Mauthausen concentration camp. Nazis forced prisoners to repeatedly carry heavy granite blocks up these stairs until they died or were murdered if they 270 × 370 pixels

Inmates at Mauthausen (pictured), Austria's largest concentration camp, were made to carry granite blocks up the 186 steps of the 'Stairway of Death' in brutal 12-hour shifts

Nazi guards at this camp took sadism to new level

Inmates at Mauthausen (pictured), Austria's largest concentration camp, were made to carry granite blocks up the 186 steps of the 'Stairway of Death' in brutal shifts

stairs-of-death-todesstiege-the-186-steps-at-mauthausen The Mauthausen concentration camp was located on a leveled hilltop along the Danube river in Austria, which was part of the Greater German Reich at that time. At the edge of the camp was a granite quarry that was owned by the city of Vienna (Wien). Granite from this quarry had been used for years to pave the streets of Vienna.

Stairs of Death (Todesstiege) — the 186 steps at Mauthausen

Mauthausen Concentration Camp Quarry and the Stairs of Death

After the liberation of a concentration camp near Hannover on the 10th of April in 1945, a nurse of the Red Cross takes care of a survivor.

After the liberation of a concentration camp near Hannover on the of April in a Red Cross nurse takes care of a survivor.

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Survivors cheer American soldiers as they pass through the main gate of the camp to liberate them.     http://www.ushmm.org/outreach/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007724#

Mauthausen survivors cheer the soldiers of the Eleventh Armored Division of the U. Third Army one day after their actual liberation.

Liberated inmates of the Dora-Mittelbau concentration camp, located near Nordhausen, view an area where camouflaged V-1 and V-2 rocket parts were stored. Germany, after April 11, 1945.

Liberated inmates of the Dora-Mittelbau concentration camp, located near Nordhausen, view an area where camouflaged and rocket parts were stored. Germany, after April

A mass grave at the Mauthausen concentration camp. Mauthasuen, Austria, May 10-15, 1945.

A mass grave at the Mauthausen concentration camp. Mauthasuen, Austria, May Coming to a Fema camp near you.

The granite quarry at the Mauthausen Concentration camp.The Wiener Graben stone quarry, originally owned by the City of Vienna, was rented in April 1938 by the SS and taken over by the SS company Deutsche Erde-und Steinwerke, in August of that year. One of the main reasons for the selection of Mauthausen as a site for a concentration camp was the stone quarry.

Prisoners at forced labour in the Wiener Graben quarry. The Mauthausen concentration camp was built at the edge of the quarry so that prison labour could be used to take the granite for Hitler's grandiose building plans

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