The Commission conducted an investigation, in which Lachout was involved, into the allegation that a gas chamber had been used in Mauthausen. It concluded that there were no gas chambers in the camp. In the investigations he was involved in, they found that many of the accusations made, particularly by former concentration camp inmates, were false. (29-7897, 7898)
Although Lachout was not personally involved in the investigations of camps in Germany, his office received documentation from the War Crime Commissions located there, pursuant to which he freed prisoners who had been wrongly accused and imprisoned. (29-7951)
Mercilessly hounded by Austrian authorities and the Austrian lapdog media for over a decade. Forced to undergo a humiliating psychiatric assessment.
Background and contribution:
An Austrian school teacher, former military police man and Boy Scout leader, Lachout’s name is associated with the famous MÃ¼ller-Lachout document. He ultimately won his case in the European Court of Human Rights. Austria must pay him compensation but hasn’t done yet – so far. Never a man to do things by halves, Lachout is demanding an apology from the Austrian State. ZÃ¼ndel witness in the 1988 Great Holocaust Trial.