Never again: Dachau Concentration Camp

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Dachau Concentration Camp

Dachau was the first of the Nazi concentration camps, created in 1933 to imprison political opponents, later also adding Jews, prisoners from the occupied countries and everyone that the regime deemed inferior.

The camp was liberated on April 29th 1945 by American troops. Through the course of its existence, more than 188,000 people were incarcerated in the camp, and more than 28,000 people died.

A memorial was created on site in the mid ’60s.

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“Work sets you free” – the entrance to the camp

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Upon entering the camp, prisoners were led to the “maintenance building”, where new inmates were registered.

On the roof there was an inscription painted, that read “There is one path to freedom. Its milestones are: obedience, honesty, cleanliness, sobriety, diligence, orderliness, self-sacrifice, truthfulness, love of the fatherland”.

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Prisoners had to assemble in front of the maintenance building every morning and evening for roll call.

The maintenance building today houses the main exhibition of the camp memorial.

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“Do not smoke”

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The shower area

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Whipping block – torture instrument

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Monument commemorating the evacuation marches from the camp as the Allies were approaching and Germany was losing the war

Behind the maintenance building lies the “bunker”, the prison of the camp.

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Guard tower

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Sculpture by Nandor Glid, the International Monument

The camp consisted of two sections; the camp area and the crematoria area. The camp area had 32 barracks. Today just two reconstructed barracks stand. The rest are marked on the ground.

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Two of the camp’s barracks

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Security system – ditch and electric fence

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One of the barracks

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Triple bunk beds in one of the barracks

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Wash room

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Toilet

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The Camp Road

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The first crematorium

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As the first crematorium had a small capacity, a second, bigger one was built. That one also included a gas chamber.

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The new crematorium

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Gas chamber, disguised as “showers”

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Guard tower

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Russian Orthodox chapel –  one of the religious memorials on site, dedicated in 1995

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Jewish Memorial, dedicated in 1967

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The Mortal Agony of Christ Chapel, dedicated in 1960

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“May the example of those who were exterminated here between 1933-1945 because they resisted Nazism help to unite the living for the defense of peace and freedom and in respect for their fellow men”.

Also read Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp.

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