On the way to Prague, we had the chance to visit the Mauthausen Concentration Camp in Austria. Mauthausen is one of the largest labor camp complexes in Europe during the World War II. The prisoners were forced to work in a granite quarry where many of them died from starvation and execution. It is believed that more than 200,000 prisoners passed through to this camp and about 120,000 of them died.
I have watched a lot of holocaust films in the past but nothing prepares you when you’re there firsthand. When I saw the gas chambers, images from the movie Schindler’s list kept popping into my head. To stand in this room where hundreds of thousands died was horrifying.
As expected my short visit here was pretty depressing but overall I was very moved by this memorable experience.