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Front has three sections; left has printed information under the title 'Konzentrationslager Mauthausen'; middle contains senders information including block , stube ; right is handwritten address.Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:Mauthausen concentration camp near Linz, Austria specialized in the extermination of prisoners through work. Of the 200,000 men, women, and children prisoners sent here, over 120,000 perished through overwork, torture, and neglect. Following the Dachau model created by Eicke, prisoners were mistreated, beaten, and starved, and unique to Mauthausen, were forced to ascend 186 steps from the base of the camp's granite quarry carrying stones weighing over 100 pounds. Anyone who dropped his load would risk not only injuring the person behind him, but was beaten himself. He still had to ascend the 186 steps. Suicide by leaping from the cliff above was common. This man was probably a Czech political prisoner.
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Mauthausen, Concentration Camp, Prisoner, Linz, Austria
"KL Mauthausen to Bohemia-Moravia Envelope" (1941). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2014.1.352.