The following city partnerships are dedicated to the unknown tens of thousands of victims of the KZ Gusen I, II & III concentration camps within the “Mauthausen” system of 49 camps all over “Austrian” territory.
The city partnerships acknowledge the Gestapo´s deportation of large groups from these cities in March 1944 for exploitation in the strategic KZ Gusen II underground projects.
Since that KZ Gusen II camp was an extremely brutal camp, most of these deportees died alongside thousands of others from all over Europe.
The city partnerships encourage projects to preserve the memory and history of the 40,000 victims of KZ Gusen I, II & III in the minds of all people of good will.
These partnerships do not just gaze toward the past; they also promote relevations of current inhumanities, thus fostering human rights in hopes of a future with tolerance, democracy, and the spirit of understanding.