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Mauthausen was a prison that was transformed into a concentration camp after the annexation of Austria to Germany.

Thirty-seven of the boys in the group arrived here near the end of January 1945. In contrast to the other camp inmates, the children of the group were not put to work. During their time there they were transferred to several places within the camp. They remained there until the middle of April 1945; at that time they were taken on another march to Gunskirchen.

The camp inmates were forced to work at transporting what was quarried in the nearby valley to the camp itself. The ascent from the valley is constructed of thousands of steps. Thousands of people were killed falling off the steps, when the SS soldiers pushed them down into the abyss.


The entrance to the steps of death, as they looked then


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