History students at Pima Community College wan
criminal trial necessarily focuses on the perpetrator’s actions. The charges
are the primary focus of the narratives construc
hope that these stories help familiarize readers new to the Gusen camps'
history with this “terrain.” Unlike concentration camps in remote areas, KZ Gusen
I and II were built in the municipalities of Langenstein and St. Georgen in
order to perform murder through labor in the Kastenhof and Gusen quarries and,
later, in underground armament factories dug out of the mountains by slave
labor. Thus, local geology, ecology, and u
The importance of the terrain to inmates’ experiences can be seen in the discussion of the presence or absence of water in the Kastenhof Quarry, key to Kowalksi’s claim that SS Sergeant Heisig froze prisoners to death in January 1944 by pouring water over them (Schuettauf 33). SS Sergeant Heisig insists that the mountain streams running through the Kastenhof Quarry were covered over. The lack of water becomes evidence of his innocence. The nearest water, he explains, was outside the protective security camp near the SS Barracks (Schuettauf 473), water which was, and is still, part of the infrastructure of the community of Langenstein.
Much of the water for these communities still flows through the landscape of these stories. We are humbled by the memory of those who longed to quench their awful thirst throughout the summers and winters from 1939 to 1945. In their memory, we offer this cup.
Fjodor Stepanowitsch Solodovnik
Born October 25, 1925
Died December 23, 2005
Fjodor Solodovnik with his arm around his fellow Gusen I survivor Dr. Pierre Serge Choumoff at the 1999 KZ Gusen Commemoration, Langenstein, Austria