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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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Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki appealed at the 10th anniversary of the Auschwitz-Birkenau foundation last Friday, where German Chancellor Angela Merkel was present too, to the Austrian Government to purchase the last remnants of KL Gusen I now!

The former KL Gusen complex was much bigger and had significantly more victims than the related KL Mauthausen twin installation but never became an adequate memorial site. More than 50% of 71.000 (!) inmates were murdered at the KL Gusen death camps by Nazi Germany. Of these 27.000 (!) citizens of Poland were murdered at Gusen. Gusen as indeed the 2nd Katyn.

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Joseph Fisher was one of the few Jewish survivors of the infamous KL Gusen II concentration camp and, after surviving a death march, Concentration Camp Gunskirchen. Although he could never speak to his family about this horrible experience, he passed his sad memoirs to us posthumously. His family makes them available to the public now. GMC founding member Rudolf A. Haunschmied supplemented these memoirs with an historic overview especially about former Camp Gusen II.

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