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Thursday, May 16, 2013

DACHAU CONCENTRATION CAMP - DACHAU, GERMANY

DACHAU CONCENTRATION CAMP
DACHAU, GERMANY

Words cannot describe my experience at Dachau.  In fact there were very few words spoken on this day.  Just thoughts on who, why and how this happened.  Mostly thought about the prisoners and what they endured here.  I had always heard about the shower room and the brick ovens, but somehow wanted to think that this was not true.  Sadly it is true and this experience changed my life in some way.  My thoughts and prayers are with those who lived and died here.  

On March 22, 1933, a few weeks after Adolf Hitler had been appointed Reich Chancellor, a concentration camp for political prisoners was set up in Dachau. This camp served as a model for all later concentration camps and as a "school of violence" for the SS men under whose command it stood. In the twelve years of its existence over 200.000 persons from all over Europe were imprisoned here and in the numerous subsidary camps. 41.500 were murdered. On April 29 1945, American troops liberated the survivors.

Picture of the historical entrance today
The Memorial Site on the grounds of the former concentration camp was established in 1965 on the initiative of and in accordance with the plans of the surviving prisoners who had joined together to form the Comité International de Dachau. The Bavarian state government provided financial support. Between 1996 and 2003 a new exhibition on the history of the Dachau concentration camp was created, following the leitmotif of the "Path of the Prisoners".
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