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Austria's International Position after the End of the Cold War

Günter Bischof
Ferdinand Karlhofer

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Brigitte Kepplinger and Irene Leitner (eds.), worker on by Andrea Kammerhofer, Dameron Report: Bercht des War Crimes Investigating Teams No. 6824 der U.S. Army vom 17.7.1945 über die Tötungsanstalt Hartheim

Innsbruck: Stidienverlag, 2012

Gerhard L. Weinberg

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In this, the first volume in a series of historical texts to be published by the memorial at the castle Hartheim near Linz in Austria, readers are offered a highly significant source on the German program of killing the handicapped. This 1945 report of an investigating team led by Major Charles H. Dameron was found in the U.S. National Archives, and with only one exception to be noted below, is published here in full with its annexes, photographs, and other related exhibits. This is of great importance for an understanding of both this particular portion of the so-called euthanasia program as well as that program as a whole because those in charge of the killing at the time quite deliberately and systematically destroyed the records created in vast quantities during the operation of the killing center. As the report and several of the exhibits make dramatically clear, this effort to cover up what had happened was not restricted to the destruction of records. The castle itself was qu...

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