Rick Steves
Best of Germany, Austria and
Switzerland in 14 days
Sept 23-Oct 8, 2010
Mauthausen was used to exterminate the educated members of higher social classes through forced labor. There were also a large number of prisoners of war, mostly Soviet officers. It was declared a memorial site in 1975.
Now for a sobering visit to Mauthausen Concetration Camp in Austria. It was the last camp to be closed after WWII.
These are called the "Stairs of Death". Prisoners were forced to walk up these steps carrying heavy stones from the quarry.