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Mauthausen concentration camp memorial site
Upper Austria

International Youth Commemoration

Chapel in the Memorial
Upper Austria

Ecumenical service

International Liberation Ceremony

CC Memorial
Upper Austria

International Liberation Ceremony 2023 "Civil Courage"

The International Liberation Ceremony will take 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 will start with a commemorative procession with an unlimited number of participants.

Directions & Shuttle, Visitor Information

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

  • Designated meeting points have been set up for all delegations. Delegations will take part in the procession by alphabetical order. Delegations will form for the procession starting 10:20 a.m. Route Commemorative Procession (PDF)
  • The procession will start with the virtual reading of the “Mauthausen Oath” by young people in several languages.
  • After the wreath-laying, participants in the commemorative procession are invited to attend the joint liberation ceremony on the former roll call square.
  • There is limited seating for elderly persons and persons with impairments. Unfortunately, seats cannot be reserved.
  • Contributions by Willi Mernyi, chairman of the Mauthausen Committee Austria, and CIM president Guy Dockendorf will be part of the commemoration.
  • The International Liberation Ceremony will be hosted in several languages by actresses Mercedes Echerer and Konstanze Breitebner.

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

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

Wreath delivery

On the day of the liberation celebration, all wreaths must be delivered before 7:30 am at the latest. To enter the grounds of the CC memorial site, you need a delivery card (QR Code for delivery).
On the day before the liberation celebration, the wreaths can be delivered until no later than 4:30 pm to the former camp for protective custody.

The ceremony will be held in compliance with the current safety regulations.