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Karl Chmielewski was the feared commandant of Mauthausen´s twin camp Gusen (I) in the period between 1940 and 1943 and lived in this years with this family in the town of St. Georgen/Gusen.

Decades later, his son Walter published his memoirs of this period at St. Georgen-Gusen-Mauthausen with the help of Holger Schaeben under the title “Der Sohn des Teufels” (The Son of the Devil).

Holger Schaeben will read from this book at this very special event in the presence of Walter Chmielewski in the region where most of that stories happened and Mr. Chmielewski will personally answer questions that might arise in the audience during that very historic reading.

This event is a “must” for anybody interested in the history of the former Mauthausen-Gusen complex of concentration camps and the history of the St. Georgen-Gusen-Mauthausen region during the years of World War II.

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On March 10, 2017 the City of Empoli, Italy and the Market Community of St. Georgen/Gusen, Austria renewed their twinning agreement after a first twenty year period. This twinning agreement was signed in March 1997 in memory of many young Italians that were deported from that Italian region in 1944 to become slave workers in such insane concentration camps like Gusen II, Melk or Ebensee. Most of these young men died at this camps under inhumane conditions.

But this twinning is not only dedicated to the memory of the victims of national socialism. In the sense of the “Mauthausen Oath” of 1945 it is also dedicted to support values like freedom, democracy, soidarity and cooperation in a transnational project of European citizens. Since two decades, this twinning communicated these values to countless youngsters and gown-ups in both countries.

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This play by Rainer Lewandowski with Franz Froschauer and choir reflects statements of former SS-Obersturmbannfuehrer Adolf Eichmann, who grew up like Adolf Hitler in the nearby City of Linz and who gathered his special command for deporting hundreds of thousands of Jews from Hungary in spring 1944 regrettably in this very specific St. Georgen-Gusen-Mauthausen region. Thousands of these Jews were murdered also along with the construction of the “Bergkristall” tunnels at St. Georgen/Gusen as inmates of Concentration Camp Gusen II.

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