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Mauthausen concentration camp memorial site
Upper Austria

International Youth Commemoration

10:00 AM
Chapel in the Memorial
Upper Austria

Ecumenical service

11:00 AM
International Liberation Ceremony

CC Memorial
Upper Austria

International Liberation Ceremony 2023 "Civil Courage"

The International Liberation Ceremony took place at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial to mark the 78th anniversary of the liberation of the Mauthausen concentration camp. As in previous years, the International Liberation Ceremony started with a commemorative procession with an unlimited number of participants.

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The International Liberation Ceremony started with the commemorative procession at 11:00 a.m.

  • Designated meeting points had been set up for all delegations. Delegations took part in the procession by alphabetical order. Delegations formed for the procession starting 10:20 a.m. Route Commemorative Procession (PDF)
  • The procession started with the virtual reading of the “Mauthausen Oath” by young people in several languages.
  • After the wreath-laying, participants in the commemorative procession were invited to attend the joint liberation ceremony on the former roll call square.
  • Contributions by Willi Mernyi, chairman of the Mauthausen Committee Austria, and CIM president Guy Dockendorf were part of the commemoration.
  • The International Liberation Ceremony was hosted in several languages by actresses Mercedes Echerer and Konstanze Breitebner.

The thematic focus of the Liberation Ceremony was "Civil Courage". Essentially, this year’s ceremony built a bridge to the present.

The ceremony was broadcast by ORF III in Austria and streamed internationally and in several languages on the on-line channels of Mauthausen Committee Austria.