Tour The ‘Ladder Of Death’ The Rest Of The Cruelty Of The Nazi Troops – Mauthausen concentration camp is located about 20 kilometers east of the city of Linz in Upper Austria. In the past, This area is one of the largest labor camp complex in Europe controlled by Germany. The camp dark history about the brutal detention of workers.
This camp became a place of exile for political enemies of the Reich or Nazi Germany regime. They were considered opponents be arrested and sent to this place to then “destroyed” by the inhuman labor. Therefore, it is often dubbed the Mauthausen Camp as “The Bone Grinder”.
The camp is located on the edge of a granite quarry where the inhabitants will be forced to work. Several times throughout the day, the prisoners will be forced to carry rocks weighing 50 kilograms and up the 186 stairs called the “Stairs of death”.
Often prisoners would be exhausted and collapsed before reaching the top of the stairs. So the burden they carry stones fallen other detainees that followed in its wake. Creating a terrible domino effect. The heavy stones would destroy their limb. So many people died on the stairs every day.
Sometimes, the guards forced the prisoners to race up the stairs while carrying stones. Those who managed to escape from the “test” it will then be placed on the edge of a cliff called “The Parachutists Wall” .
In the spot that they will then be given the option, want to be shot or encourage other prisoners in front of it to fall off a cliff. There are some prisoners who are unable to bear the ordeal in the camp, so deliberately committed suicide jumping off a cliff.
Currently, the “Stairs of death” it became one of the memorial site opened to tourists. Those who wish to know or maybe curious with a dark history of the Mauthausen Camp could come and feel instantly thrill rides and down the stairs of death.
Mauthausen camp now overgrown trees and shrubs. Most of the sites in this camp has been covered in settlements that were built after the war. However, currently there are already established a museum and information centre for visitors.