Amicale de Mauthausen
Shortly after the end of World War II, on 1 October 1945, the institution named l’Amicale des déportés politiques de la Résistance de Mauthausen et de ses kommandos dépendants was founded. The original members were particularly survivors of KZ Mauthausen-Gusen and its subcamps.
The Amicale de Mauthausen discovered that 198,000 people of 25 different nationalities (10,000 of them French) were deported to KZ Mauthausen. 118,000 people died from forced labor or in one of the gas chambers, which were installed inside of the camp. Particularly in the post war years, but also today, the Amicale helps families of the missing or their children.
Meanwhile, the Amicale has already been teaching about the crimes of national socialism for 60 years. The Amicale appears on different international dispositions, like commemorations of the liberation of Mauthausen. They also arrange different excursions to Mauthausen.
In the year 2000, there was an official generation change. Because of their age the survivors of the camp handed over their functions to their children. There are still about 500 deportees and their families working for the association, to commemorate their suffering.
At the head office, there is the possibility for Austrians to serve for a short time instead of the military service as an Austrian Holocaust Memorial Servant. The first Austrian Holocaust Memorial Servant started to work in Paris on 1 September 2008.