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Foreigners

Underground

04.29.08 | Comment?

I want to emphasize to you that AT NO TIME while I lived in Austria did I keep anybody in a secret room underground, nor was I ever kept in a secret room underground, nor did I ever know anybody who lived in a secret room underground.

On the other hand, one of my favorite places to visit during summers was the Seegrotte; a wonderful place to escape from the heat.  That warplanes were built and stored down there during the war added perhaps a slight frisson to the underground chill.  Of course one won’t find mention at the website, nor in my memory is it acknowledged at the place itself, that these great technological advances (“2000 workers were employed here to produce one of the first jetfighters of the world, the “Heinkel HE 162 Salamander””) were accomplished with the use of slave labor from the Mauthausen concentration camp.

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