I was waiting until after the holidays to share my very last European post, simply because the holidays make people depressed enough as it is.
So one of the days that we were in Munich, we took a train and then a bus to Dachau. My husband has an avid fascination with WWII, but I am not as well versed with the nitty-gritties, because it makes me hate humanity more. Assuming you are as unaware as I
- It was the first Nazi concentration camp and became the prototype for the rest.
- It opened in 1933 by Heinrich Himmler, who was one of the upper-echelon Nazis and, to quote Wiki, "one of the people most directly responsible for the Holocaust." This bastard had something to prove and later was over all the concentration and extermination camps. Towards the end of the war, he tried to have secret peace talks with the Allies. He committed suicide while in British custody.
- The camp was initially started to hold political prisoners (those who opposed the Nazi party), became a labor camp and swelled to include Jews, criminals and "foreign nationals".
- Over 25,000 people died at this camp.
- At liberation, 1/3 of the camp's population was ill.
- After liberation, it was used to hold SS officers, then unsettled Germans from Czechoslovakia, then as a military base for the US. It was closed in 1960 and later turned into a memorial.
|"Work sets one free."|
|Where they would stand for hours.|
|The buildings were razed.|
|Religious buildings down this path.|
|Bridge to the crematorium.|
|If you crossed a certain point, you'd get shot. Some people used it to commit suicide.|
|Path to the crematorium. Was it always this pretty?|
|"Showers". In my research, I found two things: this may have been added in the 1950s and this word is no longer popular in German due to its association (at least according to my resource).|