Role of civilians in Mühlviertler Hasenjagd

The SS required support of the civilians when they chased the prisoners who escaped from the Mauthausen concentration camp. Here is how the civilians reacted:

The hunt for the escapees also called for the assistance of the civilian population. And the people came and willingly obliged. According to the documents and the testimonies given by witnesses there was no immediate threat to anyone nor was anyone forced to participate. They did it all the same.