Daily Life and Survival in Mauthausen in the final stage of the war: The Hungarian Jews

Fritz, Regina (2015). Daily Life and Survival in Mauthausen in the final stage of the war: The Hungarian Jews. Dapim - Studies on the Holocaust, 29(3), pp. 222-239. Routledge 10.1080/23256249.2015.1090782

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Since summer 1944, because of its western location – in significant distance to the front – Mauthausen, including its subcamps, became one of the main destinations for deportation and evacuation transports. As a result, the number of prisoners in the Mauthausen concentration camp complex grew significantly, and the living conditions in the camp deteriorated substantially. Thus, prisoners who reached Mauthausen during this late period of the war often found considerably worse living conditions than prisoners who arrived earlier. Using the example of the Jewish prisoners from Hungary the paper analyses the last period of Mauthausen, describes the daily life especially in the tent camp, in Gunskirchen and in the subcamps of Mauthausen, and discusses how the changed living conditions effected the chances for survival. Based on narrative interviews and protocols that were recorded immediately after the war the paper questions the image of a homogenous camp history and points to the plurality of camp experiences during the last months of the war.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History > Modern and Contemporary History

UniBE Contributor:

Fritz, Regina

Subjects:

900 History
900 History > 920 Biography & genealogy
900 History > 940 History of Europe

ISSN:

2325-6249, 2325-6257

Publisher:

Routledge

Language:

English

Submitter:

Regina Fritz-Klinger

Date Deposited:

21 Sep 2016 09:38

Last Modified:

21 Sep 2016 09:38

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/23256249.2015.1090782

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/87951

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