Concentration Camp Memorial Site, Dachau, Bavaria

Warning: This post is nothing for the highly sensitive!

The older I get, the more I want to know what have happened back in those days – before and during WW II. Almost every family in Germany had losses at that time; three of my uncles had died in exact one year of time. After visiting the grave-site of my uncle Martin at Volgograd/Russia a couple of weeks ago, I got the urgent feeling to travel to the only 70 km away situated memorial site of the concentration camp at Dachau, just north-west of Munich. I have been there as a teen some 30 years ago, but the trip this time was “more personal”. It´s been a cloudy, cold, windy and snowy day that sunday, but sometimes the sun made it through the clouds and the very depressing scenery was lit up a bit. I could hear voices of Italian, Spanish, French, American, Swedish and Swiss talking visitors; people from all over the world are coming to this place to learn about the past and to honor the ones who endured so much here. It´s a very impressive and informative site, and by reading all those signs and looking at the images and walking through the different buildings, you really can understand what have happened here between 1933-1945. But it’s no easy-going. I watched a 18-year-old girl of an American group first being overwhelmed and then kneeling down while listening to her tour guide describing the “Pole-hanging” of the prisoners. While walking back from the last stop, the crematorium area, I got a feeling that I was going home from a funeral, like when my mother has died a couple of month ago. This visit has been very intense, and editing the images too, but it helped me a lot coming to terms with the past and to understand. Everyone should visit such places once in a lifetime to understand about the war and to honor the ones who lost their lives during that time.

More info can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dachau_concentration_camp , and here: http://www.kz-gedenkstaette-dachau.de/index-e.html. Click on the images to enlarge them if you like to better read the words.

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A group of American visitors listening to their tour guide…

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Prisoner´s camp sign…

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Roll call ground…

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“Pole-hanging”; notice that the arms are bent behind the back, not in-front…

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The Bunker, centre of terror…

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Two of the most brutal and feared members of the SS…

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Inside the Bunker building…

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Writing of a prisoner…

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Another part of the Bunker – closed to visitors…

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A visitor watching the information of the day when the American troops freed the camp, 29th of April 1945…

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Visitors at the exhibition hall…

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The Genocide of the Jews…

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View through the window towards the monument, the roll-call area and the reconstructed barracks…

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to the right: the “washing room” for the prisoners after taking down their particulars and before getting their prison clothing, called “zebra-dress”…

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The international monument…

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Inside one of the reconstructed barracks…

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View towards the so-called “Jour-house” (center right), the entrance to the camp…

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Map of the prisoners infirmary…

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Every two poplar trees mark one barrack…

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No chance of escaping…

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” To honor the dead, a warning for the living “…

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Inside the crematorium…

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The crematorium, hell on earth…

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Describing the gas chamber…

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The most cynical description ever: “Brausebad” for Gas Chamber!

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The crematorium building…

Conclusion: No words can describe the cynical and inhuman actions the Nazi regime did during those days. It´s on us to learn from that and to never let that happen again…

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2 thoughts on “Concentration Camp Memorial Site, Dachau, Bavaria

  1. gpcox

    Sensitive or not, this is history and must be told. I have also found the older I get, the more I want to know about my father and WWII.

    Reply

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