Monthly Archives: May 2015

The government of Poland inaugurated a new monument in memory of the tens of thousands of forgotten victims of the Gusen concentration camps on May 9, 2015 in front of todays entrance into the “Bergkristall” tunnels.

The monument was inaugurated in the presence of ambassador Artur Lorkowski, consul general Andrzej Kaczorowski, and honorary consul Christian Hofer by the two Polish ministers Andrzej Kunert and Maciej Klimczak who came directly from Polands capital Warsaw.

The Community of St. Georgen was represented by mayor Erich Wahl and vice-mayor Franz Haslinger. Shameful was that not one single representative of the provincial government or of the Austrian government attended to honor the 44.000 victims of the former KZ Gusen complex.

Along with this inauguration we also mourned the former Polish foreign secretary Wladyslaw Bartoszewski who passed away a few days before this inauguration. Secretary Bartoszewski was not only one of the most important figures for Polish-German reconcilliation. He also played a key role in bringing the visitor center at Gusen into reality in 2004.

The new Polish monument is the first in a row of more monuments in a new “park of silence” that will prepare visitors to tours in the new underground “Bergkristall” memorial at St. Georgen/Gusen in the future.

We hope that many other nations will take their opportunity to inaugurate further monuments at this very Special location of former concentration camp Gusen II.