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Thanks to the initiative of Stefan Derk, who is a nephew of KL Gusen II survivor Karl Littner, these touching memoirs are now available in German as a further non-profit publication of the Gusen Memorial Committee (GMC). Please follow this link to the book “Ein Leben am seidenen Faden” (A Life by the Silk Thread).

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On September 13, 2014, KZ Gusen II survivor Modesto Melis from Carbonia in Sardinia (former inmate No. 82441) was allowed to visit the underground world of the former concentration camp KZ Gusen II at St. Georgen/Gusen with a special permission of the Austrian Federal Real Estate Company (BIG) for the first time since the end of World War II nearly 70 years ago.

Although Mr. Melis served as a paratrooper in the war, he was arrested by the Gestapo with only 24 years of age on February 4, 1944 and then sent after a short stay in the quarantine of Camp Mauthausen on August 13, 1944 as a political prisoner and as an electrician to Concentration Camp Gusen II. There he was housed in block 6 and had to wire the cockpits of the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighters under cruel conditions in the underground “Bergkristall” aircraft factory at St. Georgen on the assembly line.

Just because he was a specialist, he survived concentration camp KZ Gusen II, which was regarded as the most terrible camp in the former. KZ Mauthausen-Gusen complex.

The memories of Modesto Melis were edited in Italian language in 2013 in Iglesias, Sardinia with the help of the City of Carbonia and the Italian province Carbonia Iglesias by Giuseppe Mura at Giampaolo Cirronis Editore under the title “L’animo degli offesi” (The Soul of the Injured). The book has 201 pages and contains many illustrations.

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We mourn our honorary member, Mr. Karl Littner of Los Angeles, California who passed away on his 90th birthday on January 15, 2014. Besides several other concentration camps, Karl Littner survived KZ Gusen II and shared his very touching memoirs a few years ago in the GMC publication “Life Hanging on a Spider Web – From Auschwitz-Zasole to Gusen II“. Since he was born into a Jewish family of Auschwitz in 1924, his memoirs are also an important document about Jewish life in this Old Austrian City of Galitzia before it became synonymous for the mass extermination of European Jews by the Nazis.

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