Dachau Concentration Camp

In Munich, I had a chance to visit the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial site.  It was one of the first and many concentration camps Germany had during WWII and as the “school of violence”, it experienced some of the utmost cruelties.  Over 200,000 people from all over Europe were imprisoned and over 41,500 people were brutally mudered. 

The museum starts with information about Hitler and how the social nationalists came to power in Germany.  It then informs the visitors about the concentration camp and how it was first used to imprison political oppositions and later to hold Jewish, Polish, Russians, gays, emigrants, and homeless captives.  There, they were terribly mistreated, stripped of their dignity in every way possible, lived in harsh conditions, used as experiments and even killed.  At the museum, there is a 15min movie that explains and shows actual footages when the concentration camp was fully active.  The pictures of the bodies found when the American troops liberated the camp were very disturbing.  Outside the museum, visitors could walk through a replica of the past prisoners’ living quarters and the two original crematoriums that were actually used..It was a very sad place.


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3 Responses to Dachau Concentration Camp

  1. Dachau is an amazingly moving place. So much terrible history there, but hopefully visitors can learn something from it! I think the cremation building affected me the most.

  2. Scott says:

    My memorie of the place is the smell that still lingers after all these years….

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