Inside one of the Gas Chambers at Mauthausen. The original text reads: "This is the gas chamber, note how it looks like a shower room." The Nazis went to great pains to keep up the deception that the Jews were being "resettled" or taken into "protective custody" right to the end. The desperate and frightened people herded into gas chambers like this one, clung to the hope that the Nazis were telling the truth.
Mauthausen. The "Judas Opening". A peephole in the door of the gas chamber, through which guards and V.I.P.s could enjoy watching the death agonies of their helpless, defenseless victims. What dark, wicked things were witnessed through this window are too ghastly to dwell upon.
Mauthausen. Steps leading to the "parachute jump" or cliff edge at the "Wiener Graben" or rock quarry near Linz, Austria. Inmates were forced to carry huge granite stones up the steps time after time, while SS guards laughed and joked and made bets as to who would first die. Men were crushed beneath huge slabs of rock, or forced to jump from the cliff edge at the top. SS men would shoot at those men climbing the stairs, struggling beneath the weight of inevitable death.
Stairs of Death in Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp, via Flickr. Imagine climbing these stairs, carrying heavy stone, starving. And being killed if you fell or faltered. These stairs are difficult enough to navigate under the best circumstances, let alone under the conditions the prisoners faced.
SS Sturmbanfuhrer Christian Wirth, who developed the gas killing methodes. Commander of the Treblinka, Belzec and Sobibor extermination camps. Killed in May 1944 by Yugoslav Partisans while travelling in an open-topped car on an official trip to Fiume.
A Soviet honor guard stands before the "Todesstiege" (The Stairs of Death) in the Mauthausen concentration camp. Nazis forced prisoners to repeatedly carry heavy granite blocks up these stairs until they died or were murdered if they failed.-lib5.jpg 270 × 370 pixels
Charlotte 'Lottie' Meade was a munitions worker during the First World War. She died of TNT poisoning contracted on duty. From the flickr stream of London's Imperial War Museum -- see link for more info. "Her death certificate recorded that she lived in North Kensington in London. It is believed she had at least three great-grandchildren."