Yearly Archives: 2014

The president of the Gusen Memorial Committee, Mrs. Martha Gammer, gave the memorial address along with a regional commemoration on July 5, 2014 dedicated to all victims of World War I that was declared 100 years ago. The commemoration was organized by the regional detachment of the Upper Austrian Veterans Society (OÖKB) for the communities of Luftenberg, St. Georgen/Gusen, and Langenstein at the new “Denk.Statt Johann Gruber” in front of the Parish church of which the regional memorial for the victims of the two world wars became part of in 2013. President Gammer reminded beneath the 118 victims of the local Parish especially to the thousands of Serbs and Russians that died in the nearby POW camp at Mauthausen between 1914 and 1918. We were also very touched to learn that a lot of soldiers from different countries that fought on the side of the Austro.Hungarian Empire became victims of the Gusen concentration camp some 25 years after the end of this war.

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GMC founding members Mr. Reinhard Kaspar, Mr. Rudolf A. Haunschmied, and Mrs. Martha Gammer visited the site of the former KZ Dora-Mittelbau concentration camp during a trip to Thuringia on June 22, 2014. Several names given in the impressive exhibition at the visitors center, some remnants of the former camp, the tunnels, and the traces of the former railroad system reminded us to the situation of the KZ Gusen II (Bergkristall) tunnels at home. As far as we know, both underground installations were in closed connection in the years 1944 and 1945.

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Renzo Carboni presented his art photography about Gusen, Hartheim, and Mauthausen with the support of ANED Sezione di Torino, Marisa Quirico, and the Gusen Memorial Committee (GMC) during the 2014 commemorational weekend at Gusen between 8 to 12 May, 2014 at the local heritage museum (Heimathaus) of Langenstein, Austria.

Artist Renzo Carboni from Torino, Italy, dedicated his exhibition 69 years after the end of World War II under the motto “Work and Mass Extermination” especially to the few remnants of the former concentration camps that were left at Gusen and that were transformed by time an men during the dacades.

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