Dachau Concentration Camp

June 19, 2016

Today, we ventured back towards the Bavarian Alps to get one last look at Neuschwanstein Castle, and then began our trip towards Munich.

This was the day we were going to visit the Dachau Concentration Camp. I don’t need to tell you the history of this concentration camp, you already know it. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

It was a cold, rainy, and miserable day – befitting of where we were going to visit.

The pictures below are as follows:

1) A plaque me moralizing those who were killed at Dachau. It states “May the example of those were exterminated here between 1933-1945 because they resisted Nazism help to unite the living for the defense of peace and freedom and in the respect for their fellow men”.

2) A sculpture erected on site to represent those who lost their lives trying to escape the barbed wire fences of the concentration camp.

3) A fence that ran the perimeter of Dachau, with a lookout tower at the far end.

4) A picture of the bunks as they were initially intended – to house 200 people per building block.

5) A picture of the bunks as they were expanded inside to fit upwards of 2000 people per building block – while still being sized to fit only two hundred.

6) A memorial built with the different patches used to distinguish prisoners – notice how many different patches there are.

7) A grave marker to signify one of the many graves at Dachau, with the ashes of thousands of unidentified victims.

8) A plaque reminding us to ‘Never Forget’.

If you notice, I omitted a few key pictures from this post. I don’t desire to post photographs of the furnaces, which are still in place at Dachau, nor will I be posting pictures of the still standing gas chambers. These are two things that – if given the chance – you need to see for yourselves, but I will not be sharing them here. In all honesty, I didn’t genuinely feel the gravity of where I was until I walked into a room with shower heads and small holes in the wall. It’ll put everything we know about concentration camps into a whole new body numbing view.

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