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By bliba  
In the picture to see (from left to right) wife and ex Federal President Fischer and wife and acting president of Austria Alexander Van der Bellen.I found the body language of the acting Federal President very amusing

History of the Mauthausen Memorial

The US Army used the grounds of the camp to care for the liberated concentration camp prisoners and as a prison for members of the SS. After the region had been designated as part of the Soviet occupation zone, the Soviet Army used the former concentration camp as a barracks for a few months, after which it stood empty.

On 20 June 1947, the Soviet occupying authorities handed over the former Mauthausen concentration camp to the Republic of Austria with the condition that it be turned into a fitting memorial site.
In spring 1949 the memorial site opened as the ‘Öffentliches Denkmal Mauthausen’ – the ‘Public Mauthausen Memorial’. As part of changes to the site, a chapel and a secular reflection room had been installed in the laundry barracks. On the roll call area, which had been maintained as an ensemble, the Republic erected a central memorial, a sarcophagus bearing the inscription ‘May the living learn from the fate of the dead

Survivors of Mauthausen concentration camp and sub-camps were liberated by US troops at the beginning of May 1945. Since 1947 there have been annual commemoration events have been held on the site of the former concentration camp with participants from all over Europe. The events serve as an act of memorial for the victims of Nazi terror and persecution, as well as a rallying call against all kinds of intolerance, dictatorship, xenophobia and anti-Semitism: a moment of solidarity with victims of the past and present.

thanks for looking


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kw 1 Germany
17 May 2018 8:14PM
Da hast du aber richtig "Dicke Brocken" erwischt. Wink Gruß Klaus ...und besten Dank für Deinen Award! Grin

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taggart Plus
14 47 13 United States
17 May 2018 9:38PM
Good reportage!
woolybill1 Plus
12 24 73 United Kingdom
18 May 2018 7:35AM
Bigwigs . . . but only one big hat . . . and a cap . . . a slightly unexpected informality in the wreath-bearer . . . at least all the faces are serious.
Continuing an excellent reportage set.
Great front row capture. 👍 Well done.
Chinga Plus
8 3 1 United Kingdom
18 May 2018 10:13AM
Very Impressive Photography Ollie! VIP shot done to perfection.
TrevBatWCC Plus
10 13 12 England
18 May 2018 10:39AM
Looks a very serious event! Great low viewpoint and capture, Oliver Smile
Trev Smile
Fefe Plus
7 26 31 United Kingdom
18 May 2018 3:07PM
Great expressions captured!
19 May 2018 8:18PM
They seem not to have great fun ! BlushTongueSmileSmileSmile --- Jukka.
capto Plus
6 5.4k 9 United Kingdom
19 May 2018 10:09PM
A solemn occasion.Smile
21 May 2018 2:19AM
I think maybe the acting president doesn't`t know what else to do with those long legs of his !!
A gret VIP shot Oliver, nice to see a woman in the group !
cheers walt

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