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Political prisoners and persecuted minorities were forced to do hard labor and were killed in concentration camps during the nazi rule in Europe.
The prisoners in Mauthausen were a mixture of persecuted political activists from Poland, Austria, Spain, Italy to just name a few, and a set of minorities from the region such as gypsies, jehovah’s witnesses, members of the LGBT community, and jews.
The stairs are the path up to the quarry and are known as the stairs of death.
Memorials, statues, sculptures with and without words are telling the story of those that died under the nazi regime.
The Mauthausen KZ is free of charge to visit all year round.