Survival in a Nazi concentration camp: the Spanish Prisoners of Mauthausen Articles uri icon

publication date

  • December 2021

start page

  • 351

end page

  • 382


  • 3


  • 52

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-1953


  • Analysis of the extent to which higher social class (along with other demographic variables) was an advantage for Spanish prisoners at the Mauthausen concentration camp advances the study of the determinants of survival in contexts of indiscriminate violence. Use of Cox event-history models, based on detailed information collected by well-placed Spaniards at the camp, reveals that individuals from higher social classes who filled administrative positions at Mauthausen were prominent in support networks and had a good command of the German language were more likely to survive. The risk of death was highest among unskilled agricultural workers, followed by unskilled non-agricultural workers.


  • mauthausen; spanish prisioners