Born in Vienna (Austria) in 1914, Hans Maršálek was arrested in 1941 in Prague as a member of the Communist resistance and tortured by the Gestapo. In 1942, he was deported to Mauthausen. Here, he became a prisoner functionary (Kapo), working as a senior clerk in the camp administration. In his 2003 testimony, he talks about the the complex moral choices facing Kapos, about resistance by male and female prisoners, about sexual violence and abuse, and about the years after liberation, when he served for years as the head of the Mauthausen memorial. Maršálek died in 2011.
Source: Archiv der KZ-Gedenkstätte Mauthausen, Interview mit Hans Maršálek