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Hackers Post Child Pornography on Nazi Concentration Camp Website

On World War 2 anniversary, Mauthausen concentration camp desecrated by obscene images

By: Jonathan Dick

Published: May 8th, 2015 in News » World

Photo: Mauthausen guard house and barracks


On the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, The Times of Israel have reported that cyber hackers have attacked and grossly exploited the commemorative website of Nazi Germany’s only category III concentration camp by posting countless images of child pornography.

But, this is not the first time an individual (or group of individuals) has desecrated the property of a concentration camp. Back in November 2014, thieves stole the infamous “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign from Dachau concentration camp, and in December 2014 assailants attacked the Langenstein-Zwieberge camp with a bulldozer. Yet, this is seemingly the first time attackers have taken to the internet to deface the Holocaust, denigrating Mauthausen’s website and serving to remember and honour the millions of people who were murdered at the hands of the Nazis in the Holocaust.

Mauthausen, located inside Austria, processed “some 200,000 prisoners from all over Europe and the Soviet Union passed through. Half of them died — beaten, gassed, starved, shot or worked to death in granite quarries and armaments factories.”

When asked to comment on this particularly egregious act, Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner said that it was a “criminal, sick attack and deeply abhorrent.”

According to Article 207a of the Austrian Penal Code, “anyone who produces, offers, procures, transfers, presents, makes available, transports, imports or exports for the purpose of dissemination, pornographic depictions of a minor is liable to imprisonment for up to three years.”

The BBC has also reported that “Austrian officials suspect that far-right extremists may have carried out the attack, as such extremists have hacked several websites in recent months.”

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