Mauthausen Wiener Graben: Then and Now

Mauthausen history

Photo credit: Mauthausen Museum Archives, USHMM Photo Archives

Black and white photo taken just after liberation of the camp on May 8, 1945 by American Gen. George Patton’s troops.

(Photo credit: National Archives, USHMM Photo Archives)
Color photo taken June 1996.

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.