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Stairs of Death

A Soviet honor guard stands before the Todesstiege, "Stairs of Death." Mauthausen was designated a category III or penal camp. Inmates in punishment details were forced to carry heavy stone blocks up the 186 steps leading from the camp quarry. Mauthausen was located 12.5 miles southeast of Linz near an abandoned stone quarry on the Danube River in Upper Austria.

Photo Credit: National Archives, courtesy USHMM

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