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5 May 2024

Liberation and Commemoration Ceremonies 2024

The International Liberation and Commemoration Ceremony at the Memorial Mauthausen and at sites of its former satellite camps is organized and conducted from 1946 by the camp survivors and their associations. As the successor organization of the Austrian Association of Mauthausen Survivors, Mauthausen Committee Austria has taken over this task and ogranizes these celebrations in 2024 on the occasion of the 79th anniversary of the liberation of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp.

The International Liberation Ceremony takes place on May 5, 2024 at 11:00 am at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial.

Also this year the International Liberation Ceremony starts with a memorial procession with unlimited number of participants. After the wreath-laying ceremony, the participants of the commemoration procession are invited to take part in the joint liberation ceremony at the former roll call square.

The international liberation ceremony is accompanied by the actresses Mercedes ECHERER and Konstanze BREITEBNER in several languages. The celebration will be broadcast nationwide in Austria by ORF III and will be streamed internationally and multilingually on the online channels of the MKÖ.

Each year we dedicate the Commemoration and Liberation Ceremonies to a special theme. Relevance to the present is an essential component of each annual theme. This is intended to provide young people in particular with reference to their world of experience today through an examination of the Nazi era and ideology.

2024 the Commemoration and Liberation Ceremonies are dedicated to "Law and Justice in National Socialism".

Free guided tours of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial in 11 languages

Following the International Liberation Ceremony, guided tours of the concentration camp memorial will be offered. Free tickets for the tours are available from 9 am on 5 May 2024 at the information portal in the Visitor Centre. A maximum of 30 people can take part in a tour.

Tours from 13:15 - 15:15 in the following languages

English, Italian, German, Swedish and Ukrainian

Tours from 13:30 - 15:30 in the following languages

Spanish, French, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Hungarian, Russian and Persian