Mauthausen Crematorium Ovens
The photo above shows the double crematory oven in the underground area between the hospital building and the bunker. This oven was installed just a few weeks before the camp was liberated, according to the testimony of Lt. Jack Taylor who was an American prisoner at Mauthausen. Note the door into the underground Museum exhibits on the extreme left-hand side. To the right of the ovens, but not shown in the photo, is another doorway which leads to a large unidentified room with brick walls, which was probably a morgue.
The photo above shows the rear of the crematory oven that is in the photo at the top of the page. This is the first sight that one sees after exiting the door from the Museum exhibits in the basement of the hospital building; this photo was taken from the doorway of the Museum.
From the Museum, one must go past the oven to get to the door on the south wall of the gas chamber. Another single oven and the empty room where an oven was removed can then be reached by exiting from the other door on the west wall of the gas chamber.
This is the single crematory oven near the door on the west wall of the gas chamber. It is not in the same room as the double oven shown at the top of this page. The fully functioning shower room, which was also a gas chamber, would have been a convenient place for the crematory workers to wash up, except that the shower room was kept closed between gassings, according to one of the crematory workers.
This creepy room is across the hallway from the double crematory oven at Mauthausen. The room has a very bad odor that still lingers because the room was used to store corpses before they were cremated. The doorway at the rear of the morgue room leads to the hallway in front of the door on the south wall of the gas chamber.
Visitors must go through this room to get to the door on the south wall of the gas chamber from the Museum exhibits. The gas chamber can also be reached by going down the outside stairs to the basement and then entering the door on the west wall of the gas chamber from the execution room.