Mauthausen Concentration Camp

One of the tougher aspects of traveling is visiting historical places in which very bad things happened. One such place that the Jessetters have visited was the Mauthausen Concentration Camp in Austria.

Main gate to the concentration camp

Main gate into the concentration camp

The Mauthausen Concentration Camp was one of the largest labor camps during World War II. According to Wiki, up to 320,000 individuals were killed within these walls. It is a very sad, quiet, emotional, and eerie place to be even though it is surrounded by such a gorgeous countryside.

The walk up to the camp

The walk up to the camp

Large concrete courtyards throughout

Large concrete courtyards throughout

Main gate view from the inside

Main gate view from the inside

Dorm buildings

Dorm buildings for prisoners

Chimney from the gas chamber

Chimney from the crematory stove

Inside one of the barracks

Inside one of the barracks

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Cold room for storage of corpses

Cold room for storage of corpses

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Crematory stove

Crematory stove

Pipes that released poison gas

Pipes that released poison gas

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Entrance into a gas chamber

Entrance into a gas chamber

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Inside camp jail

Inside camp jail

There were many memorials, art, and videos throughout the camp that will keep people busy for awhile.

Graveyard on the grounds

Graveyard on the grounds

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Artwork by former prisoners

Artwork by former prisoners

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I believe that it important for people to visit places like this. It is one thing to read about these places or see them on television, but visiting them in person gives an incredible sense of perspective.

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