The Quarry At Mauthausen


 

Spanish Republicans at forced labor in the quarry at Mauthausen (1942)

 

Photo taken just after liberation of Mauthausen on May 8, 1945, by American Gen. George Patton's troops.

Today the quarry where so many died terrible deaths is quiet and still but for the occasional gentle breeze off the granite walls, or the hushed voices of tourists, or a parent summoning a child, or even a survivor describing what it was like here... then.


Source: B/W photos USHMM; color photo © Alan Jacobs 1996