Leanbean in Germany

Military wife trying to figure out this military life

Dachau Concentration Camp March 16, 2010

Filed under: Europe,Traveling — leanbean @ 7:14 pm

After the Audi Plant tour, we stopped by Dachau on the way to Munich.  We got there an hour and a half before it closed but were able to see everything.  There isn’t as much stuff as you would hope to see.  I’m not sure what I was expecting but there were only a couple of buildings.  Most of the original buildings are gone and have been rebuilt.  The most gruesome thing was the building where they had them take “showers” and burned the bodies.

This is one of the buildings where they slept but it is not original.  They said these buildings were suppose to house 200 people but the camp became extremely crowded and they housed hundreds more.

The “building”

The shower room

One of the most disturbing things I read at Dachau was the story about this area:

The trench to the right is there to make escape difficult for the prisoners.  You can’t see in the picture but further to the right is a bunch of barbed wire fencing and on the other side of the fence is a creek.  In the distance you can see a tower.  In the camp there were seven or eight towers that had armed guards.  I read that prisoners would often run into this area so the guards would shoot them.

The experience was in a word, disturbing but definitely worth visiting.


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