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Evaluation of List Material on Mauthausen

Maria Hörtner from the Concentration Camp Mauthausen Memorial has spent a one-week research visit at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. “I have checked the list material of Concentration Camp Mauthausen in the digital ITS archives”, tells the research assistant. “Some transport lists are not available at the Memorial site in Austria. Here at the ITS I have found them.”

The lists show transports that went directly to Mauthausen’s subsidiary camp Gusen. “We might not have them because the prisoners were not deported via the main camp”, assumes the 30-year-old. The Austrian also interests herself in the death marches. “In a ‘Room of Names’ we want to commemorate those who died. And we want to include those victims who perished on the death marches during the last days of war.”

Her research will contribute to expanding the documentary material at the memorial site in Mauthausen. “Apart from showing a permanent exhibition, we work hard to produce a database on victims’ names and to compile a commemoration book”, Hörtner expounds pertinent plans. “We intend to register the names and data of all Mauthausen’s prisoners, including the inmates of its subsidiary camps.” While the archives had focused on responding to person-related requests in the past decades, it has been dedicating itself increasingly to research and commemoration work in recent years.