The Dachau Concentration Camp (KZ-Gedenkstätte Dachau in German) was the first such camp to be built in Germany, and served as a model for all others. Today it is set up as a memorial to the people who were interned and died here.
The camp was originally constructed in 1933, shortly after Hitler came to power.
From that time until the camp's liberation by American soldiers in 1945, the camp housed hundreds of thousands of inmates, most of which were political prisoners but also a large number just because they were Jews.
Today, the barracks where the prisoners lived are no longer standing, however the main building contains a museum dedicated to the site and the people who were incarcerated here. There is also a large cinema inside where you can watch a documentary over the camp from its inception up until the present day.
On the opposite side of the grounds, are a number of large memorials. Far at the back are gas chambers (that were never used here) and a crematorium which can also be visited.
Entrance to the memorial is free, although there is a small charge for either the audio guide or the guided tour. The camp is located in the Munich suburb of Dachau, which can be easily reached on the S2 line out of Munich in about 20 to 30 minutes.
Dachau Concentration Camp Reviews
Impresionante! No puede faltar una visita a este lugar con el debido respeto a todo su significado e intentando comprender lo sucedido para que, como bien dice en uno de sus murales, Nunca mÃ¡s.
A very moving experience in a place I didn\'t know much about. Still cannot comprehend what went on here in Dachau. Very emotional but well worth a visit.
I went there in 1994. Its very quiet inside, not many talk and you feel so sad for those that died there. I took pictures just like the ones above, I have pictures from inside the gas chamber and I have a photo of the ovens. I saw an old man crying but I didnt speak his language so I dont know what he was saying. He was very very emotional and you could feel his pain.
I visited Dachau about 3 years ago. It was a difficult experience but one I am very glad I undertook. We spent a few hours there - it does take quite a long time to see all the exhibits and read the related commentaries. Dachau mainly housed political prisoners and other non-conformists (and not specifically Jews). You also need time to just contemplate what it all meant and the utter horror of it all. I certainly felt it had such a powerful message to impart to its visitors - it is one of the must visit centres around Munich. One of the most lasting memeories of the place was a picture of a pile of emaciated bodies lying outside the incinerator - during our visit we went up to see this area of the camp and the vision was exactly the same as trhe picture showed - apart from the pile of bodies. It made the place and the truly dreadful attrocites that took place there become very real to me.
On Nov. 11, 1962 I visited Dachau as a member of the 3rd Armored Div. Football Team. We were returning to our home base, after playing the 24th Infantry Div. in our annual game. I had been doing personal research on the 3re Reich, attempting to gain some understanding of the "evil, associated with Man's Inhumanity with Man." It was a deeply emotional experience. There we photographs which captured most of the atrocities that took place there. I was especially affected by a somewhat large photo depicting a "mound of bodies" about to be shoveled into a large trench by a bulldozer. The second of the moving experiences was viewing and actually "touching" a set of the ovens used in the cremation of some of the bodies. You should be aware that the prisoners at Dachau, were "walking skeletons." The ovens were about 6' (foot) in length, no more than 12" (inches) in height and no more than a couple of feet (24" (inches)) measured horizontally. I closed my eyes, attempting to envision two (2) men "stuffing" bodies (dead or alive) into those multiple ovens. "The Chambers" you often hear about, were actually "Gas
Chambers" as I recall. They were much like a "public shower room," which could accommodate [?] 20 to 25 prisoners. There was a eerie silence that draped our Team as we departed Dachau .... and we did so as "more intellectually seasoned young men.
Visited Dachau, 1965.
Dachau, May, 1945, U.S. Army officer, " This is the soul of Germany."
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