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VIENNA, April 08, /ITAR-TASS/. Unidentified vandals have damaged a fence around the WWII memorial to Soviet inmates of the Mauthausen Nazi concentration camp in Austria. The vandals overturned the fence posts and broke the chains on the memorial’s fencing.
Austrian police have launched investigation into the incident. The Russian embassy in Vienna has confirmed the act of vandalism.
“We have sent a note expressing extreme indignation to the Austrian Foreign Ministry,” the Russian embassy’s press secretary Alan Tuayev said.
The Nazis created the Mauthausen concentration camp in 1938 as a subsidiary of another death camp called Dachau. More than 100,000 people, including over 30,000 Soviet citizens, died in Mauthausen over almost seven years of its existence.
The Austrian government erected the memorial to Soviet prisoners of war in the 1950s at a place where the so-called “Russian camp” was located during WWII. It was set up outside Mauthausen’s main territory and consisted of several barracks in which Soviet inmates were kept in conditions that were considered to be particularly harsh even by the death camp measurements.