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“Eerily disturbing experience”
Review of Schloss Hartheim

Schloss Hartheim
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Alkoven
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

Trip Advisor at the beginning of the review page asks us to give a rating of this attraction. If ever I was searching for a word to describe this place it wouldn't be an attraction! Another reviewer gave it 3 'stars' as he felt there was little to see. As with many sites relating to The Holocaust, I feel it's not what you see but what you feel. I visited here the day after Mauthausen. It is an impressive castle in a beautiful setting. I rang a bell and a man from the offices let me in. Certainly when I was there it was hardly over-crowded, in fact for most of the visit I was alone. Basically, when the Nazis used it as a euthanasia centre (typical Nazi deceit, it sounds as though it was something merciful), they used to bus in those that were mentally or physically disabled. Process them in one room, strip them in the next, straight into the gas chamber and then to the mortuary. Sometimes this was where the bodies lay for days if they were particularly busy.
The previous reviewer mentioned it was a place where experiments took place. I think he is wrong, it was just a killing centre, part of the T4 Programme. The longest anyone could expect to stay alive here was a couple of hours.
This is a deeply disturbing place to be and certainly left a deep impression on me. The next floor up is dedicated to the disabled and highlights present day tolerance and acceptance.
If you are looking for an exciting day out with lots to see, don't bother going.
If you want to moving,emotional place to visit, where you can pay your respects to those poor souls who's only 'crime' was being different, then this is a must.

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