Monthly Archives: November 2016

President Martha Gammer and the Gusen Memorial Committee (GMC) received a “Straznik Pamieci” diploma endowed by the important Polish political magazine Do Rzeczy on November 7, 2016 in the halls of the Warsaw royal castle under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda.

The Polish political magazine Do Rzeczy honors special achievements to commemorate the painful history of Poland in different categories once a year.

The GMC was nominated because it takes pains for more than three decades to remember the Gusen concentration camps in which thousands of members of the Polish intellectual elite, Jews and political resistance fighters were murdered during World War II. Thus Gusen is classified by Polish historians as the “Tomb of the Polish” and stands in a row with the Polish victims of Katyn.

President Martha Gammer was accompanied by her husband Hannes, the local historian and GMC co-founder Rudolf A. Haunschmied, as well as Mr. Bernhard Mühleder. Along with that invitation of the Republic of Poland, the delegation also visited related museums and research facilities.

After a reception in the Polish Ministry of Culture, the visit found its worthy conclusion with a touching reunion with the last Polish survivors of the former concentration camps of Gusen and Mauthausen.

The GMC serves survivors like them and their relatives for many decades along with their visits to the former Mauthausen-Gusen complex. It is also successfully dedicated to the research and teaching of the history of the former concentration camp complex St. Georgen-Gusen-Mauthausen.