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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 2024 "Law and Justice in National Socialism"

The International Liberation Ceremony takes place at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial to mark the 79th anniversary of the liberation of the Mauthausen concentration camp. As in previous years, the International Liberation Ceremony starts with a commemorative procession with an unlimited number of participants.

Directions & Shuttle, Visitor Information, Delegations

The International Liberation Ceremony starts with the commemorative procession at 11:00 AM.

  • Designated meeting points will be set up for all delegations. Delegations take part in the procession by alphabetical order. The formation of the delegations for the memorial procession will start at 10:20 AM.
  • The procession starts 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.
  • Contributions by Willi Mernyi, chairman of the Mauthausen Committee Austria, and CIM president Guy Dockendorf are 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 "Law and Justice in National Socialism". Essentially, this year’s ceremony builds a bridge to the present.

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

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.