Witnesses Urgently Sought Among Mauthausen Survivors

The Department of Justice has requested the assistance of the World Jewish Congress in locating witnesses to Nazi crimes committed between June 1943 and November 1944 at the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria and two of its sub camps, Steyr-Meunichholz (also known as Steyr) and Linz III.

The Department’s Office of Special Investigations (OSI) is in the process of gathering evidence in connection with its investigations of suspected Nazi war criminals residing in the United States.

OSI is interested in contacting survivors who can provide information concerning general conditions for prisoners in the Mauthausen camps and the duties and behavior of the perimeter guards with respect to the prisoners.

OSI is especially interested in contacting persons who knew the French Jews Max Ochshorn, born in 1916 in Vienna, or Leon Axelroud, born in 1926 in Paris, or who know anything about the circumstances surrounding their deaths. Both men were shot to death at the Mauthausen main camp, Ochshorn in October 1943 and Axelroud in December 1943.

Survivors, or those who might be of assistance in locating survivors from these camps, may communicate in any language they choose and are asked to contact: Ms. Bessy Pupko, World Jewish Congress, One Park Avenue, New York, New York, 10016,(212) 679-0600.

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