The SS guards would often force prisoners – exhausted from hours of hard labour without sufficient food and water – to race up the stairs carrying blocks of stone. Those who survived the ordeal would often be placed in a line-up at the edge of a cliff known as “The Parachutists Wall” (German: Fallschirmspringerwand). At gun-point each prisoner would have the option of being shot or pushing the prisoner in front of him off the cliff.
The parachutists wall is located in concentration camp Mauthausen. Inmates who were pushed off the cliff either died from impact with the earth, or drowned in the pond at the bottom of the cliff. Some inmates committed suicide here.
The SS called these people “parachutists.”