Hartheim Castle Interior
The Admission room
where the victims were photographed
The victims, who were physically and
mentally handicapped persons that had been institutionalized
by their families, were photographed in the northeast tower of
Hartheim castle before being taken into the gas chamber where
they were told that they would be given a shower. This photo
shows the northeast tower which has a box containing personal
items found buried with the ashes on the east lawn.
Meditation room in
the southeast tower of Hartheim castle
The glass box in the non-denominational
Meditation room holds river rocks collected by the school children
in the town of Alkoven, Austria where Hartheim Castle is located.
There is one rock for each of the 30,000 victims who were murdered
here. The victims included around 18,000 deformed and mentally
retarded persons living in institutions, and thousands of terminally
ill prisoners from the Dachau and Mauthausen concentration camps
who were brought here to be gassed.
the gas chamber and adjoining rooms
A passageway has been cut through the
thick walls of Hartheim castle and a metal ramp has been installed
so that tourists can walk through the gas chamber and the other
rooms on the east side, but cannot examine them close-up. This
view shows the window in the gas chamber which is the first room
that you enter from the Admission room, shown in the background.