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St. Georgen - Gusen - Mauthausen. Concentration Camp Mauthausen Reconsidered Paperback – April 2, 2008

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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: BoD (April 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3833476109
  • ISBN-13: 978-3833476105
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,494,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beth S. Vertucci on June 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
St. Georgen Gusen Mauthausen
Concentration Camp Mauthausen Reconsidered
Rudolph A. Haunschmied
Jan-Ruth Mills
Siegi Witzany-Durda

After reading this impressive, richly documented history of the St. Georgen- Gusen -Mauthausen Concentration Camp Complex during World War II, my world has expanded. That is the gift of reading such a thoughtful, important history.

The writing and publishing of this book is part of an amazing journey that began with Rudolph A. Haunschmied, a native of St. Georgen an der Gusen in northern Austria. In 1989, upon publishing of his work, titled "1938/1945 - Zum Gedenken", the inhabitants of his community and of the "world" began to hear parts of this untold history.

St. Georgen-Gusen-Mauthausen takes that 1989 overview written in German, and brilliantly expands it to a comprehensive study in English, of the story of the St. Georgen-Gusen-Mathausen Complex. It includes a top-secret underground war production plant; and the camp's liberation by the 71st Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. This study includes primary documents and photographs never published before in a brilliantly written story that has been kept secret from all, even the witnesses, the bystanders, and their subsequent generations.

The authors and the Gusen Memorial Group plea for the journey of this story to continue. The epilogue describes this journey continuing through more research, and the "opening of the tunnels" to create a memorial. I doubt anyone can read this book without the conscious awareness of our present day genocide in this world. The last lines of the book are: "Let the lost stories and voices of 40,000 fill that darkness as once their hearts filled with the memory of love.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Ruspeckhofer on September 7, 2009
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phantastic book! a must for anybody who is interested in how german high-tech weapons and slave labour in concentration camps were linked. the serial production of the first jet fighter in an underground production facility in northern Austria was kept top secret. The story of Peenemünde, Wernher von Braun and his V2 missile is well known. The more amazing that so far nobody published anything about this place. This book is the first one to describe the conditions under which this technical innovation was produced.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Gouthro on July 22, 2008
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This book is terrific, although I just can't read it at night before going to bed, it just haunts me too much. It is so well written that it reads like a story, I expected more of a text book type format and even though it is like a text book with facts and figures, the way it is written (with the personal stories) keeps it from getting "technical". The authors did a wonderful job. It is a story that needs to be told. I think that I am a well read person and I have been to Dachau and I know about Auschwitz and Regensburg and I did know that there were many smaller camps all over Europe but I can't believe that I had never heard about such an enormous camp that was of such importance to the Nazi war machine. A must read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter on February 28, 2015
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This is a great addition to the field! I have read many, if not most of the better books on the Holocaust, the concentration camps, the slave labor of the SS, and generally about WW2. This book stands out from the others. It focuses on the camps of the Gusen/St. Georgen/Mauthausen area, and does it exceptionally well. It contains maps, details, witness/survivor statements, archival documents and research, original up-t-date research, astute analysis and re-analysis of some past myths/misunderstandings – all very well documented. It is in clear, easy-to-read, and excellent English. You'll come to understand how the SS ran its slave and economic empires, as well as their camps. This area also had large underground tunnels dug by slave labor for war production, and that too is detailed, as is the WVHA of the SS, DEST, the camp administrations, behavior of the guards, conditions of the prisoners and their sufferings and constant deaths – from overwork, being underfed, abuse of the SS guards, disease, disregard, annihilation. Not missed is how the local population reacted during and after the War. While not 'easy' reading (only because of the subject matter), I consider it essential reading for anyone interested in, or a student of: WW2, the SS, the concentration camp system, Nazi underground war production, SS Gen. Hans Kammler, the Holocaust, as well as how all too soon all too many have done their best to forget what must never be forgotten – lest it be repeated. A must read book on these camps, specifically, and the horrors of the Nazi system, generally. Sets the record straight on some erroneous historical accounts of what went on here and the importance of all of the camps – not just Mauthausen.Read more ›
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 15, 2011
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I will be returning this book because it was horribly damaged in transit, but I probably would have returned it anyway. There is no index! What kind of book of this caliber has no index? Is this supposed to be an academic book (It cannot be without an index!)? Or is this supposed to be some kind of emotional outlet?
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