Dachau Concentration Camp

Although I spent a couple weeks in Munich and Unterhaching when I worked for Wrigley, I didn’t take the time to do any historical sightseeing. This time I did. We went to Dachau, which was the first Nazi concentration camp.

Entrance to Dachau. The prison camp is through the gates.

ARBEIT MACHT FREI (LABOR MAKES YOU FREE)

Do you smile for pics here?

Each one of these foundations was an overcrowded unit to house prisoners.

Like this

The grass would have been prohibited zone and anyone caught in that area would be shot. Armed guards were perched in the towers like the one in the picture. The moat and razor wire fence made it nearly impossible to escape.

Crematorium

Gas chamber, which apparently was never used.

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On the train back to Munich, a man overheard us talking and asked if we had just came from Dachau. He sat down and told us he was a holocaust and Dachau survivor. His name is Leslie Schwartz and he spent a year in Dachau when he was only 14. He lives in NY and travels six months each year doing speaking engagements, many to students. Very interesting and funny man. Spry for his age. He is releasing a book soon: Surviving the Hell of Auschwitz and Dachau: A Teenage Struggle Toward Freedom From Hatred. He mentioned he didn’t much like the title but his publisher pushed it. 🙂

 

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