My Visit to Dachau Concentration Camp

Disclaimer: The information in this post is based on my visit to ‘Dachau Concentration Camp’. Hence, it reflects my personal views and I’ve no intention to hurt (or deal with) anyone’s sentiments or feelings.

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As we drive to the main entrance of the concentration camp, it gave me a heavy sentient of Germany’s darkest past — the HOLOCAUST. 
 
Holocaust is a word of Greek origin meaning “sacrifice by fire”. The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were “racially superior” and that the Jews, deemed “inferior” were an alien THREAT to the so-called German racial community and their economic wealth. (Wikipedia)
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Dachau Concentration Camp, October 2016
 As I researched, Jews were not the only ones persecuted there – over the 12 years that Dachau was running, it was home to political prisoners, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Gypsies, criminals, the disabled, Jews, and anyone else that the state wanted to imprison.
 
Kristallnacht occurred in 1938 where Nazis burned synagogues, broke windows of Jewish-owned businesses, and attacked Jewish people in Austria and Germany. 30,000 Jews were arrested and sent to concentration camps.
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Dachau Concentration Camp, 1943 (photo credit)
 
6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust (1.1 million children)
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The field where the prisoners used to work, usually in the coldness of the winter, 2016
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1943 (photo credit)
 
 
Dachau Concentration Camp was the first camp opened in Germany by the Nazi’s, in 1933. As per my knowledge and research done on this subject, this camp was claimed to be just for prisoners of war and that they will be treated like normal prisoners. But it wasn’t true, as the prisoners were treated like SLAVES and ANIMALS with no basic amenities.
 
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We were at the main gate entrance which there are curved letters says ARBEIT MACHT FREI meaning, Work makes you free. My partner told me that it was a pure lie – they all died and got tortured by non-stop inhuman treatment.
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From among all touristic spots in Germany, this one doesn’t excite me. No one here is smiling – or even looking at each other. They’re all wearing a deep blue face mesmerizing the tormented past…
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Sleeping bed, October 2016
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Prisoners of WWII in their sleeping bed (photo credit)

In prison camps, prisoners were forced to do hard physical labour. Torture and death were frequent and common.

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Prisoners were being used for medical experiments in WWII (photo credit)
I felt NUMB. Ironically, however, it was the lack of that feeling that HURTS THE MOST.
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Crematorium, October 2016
For the first time, I felt the urge not to take pictures. It just felt disrespectful and wrong. However, knowing I’d be writing a blog about my experience, I decided to fight the discomfort and snap a few pictures anyway. I asked my partner to take some photos, too.
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Crematorium, Holocaust
Millions of people died here, either from disease, torture, lack of food, murder, and the evil GAS CHAMBER.
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The entrance death of the Gas Chamber – 
 
Germans don’t use the “Brausebad” for shower room anymore for it refers to the death showers of the prisoners in WWII. 
 
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The Gas Chamber – that killed thousands of Jews by the end of WWII
 
They told the prisoners that they will just take a shower inside the room – not knowing this is the end of their suffering. Turning ON the gas, they all suffocated, poisoned and died. 
 
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We watched a graphic, twenty-minute movie about the history of Dachau, not recommended for kids.  It was a little disturbing, with its images of death and starvation, but a must-see while visiting Dachau.
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Tombstone, October 2016 
Dachau was planned and constructed to hold 6,000 prisoners, but by the end of WWII in 1945, Dachau was home to 32,000 prisoners.  The conditions, of course, were terrible with overcrowding, torture, and lack of food.
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In memory of the Holocaust, 1933 – 1945
Visitors are able to walk the grounds, visit one of the last standing dormitories, and visit the museum.  Inside of the museum is a chronological history of the Nazi regime, WWII, and the use of Dachau from WWII up until present time.
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At the end of the WWII in 1945, the people are shouting – “NIE WIDER” or “NEVER AGAIN”..
 
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and no words can be added anymore..
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10 thoughts on “My Visit to Dachau Concentration Camp”

  1. Great post! I once saw the dock from which my African ancestors were brought to the USA. It was very moving.

    Were you able to feel a supernatural presence there?

  2. I am into Second World War history and this place is one camp I havent visited yet. I have done ht ebig ones in Poland and the emotions I went through is something I never felt before. I dont see visiting camps as tourism, I see them as a visitor and a place to educate myself and to know that something like this must bot happen again.

  3. I’m a bit torn as to whether I would want to visit Dachau. Your post is really interesting and it’s great seeing your photos but I imagine it would be a rather chilling place to visit. I feel so sad every time someone mentions WWII. The atrocities that happened seem so unnecessary.

  4. I am hesitant about visiting camps like this as it is sad and horrific. Despite that, reading your post is enlightening and I understand how important it is for people to know this bit of dark history for us to move forward and not repeat the same horrible action.

  5. Reading through your post the horrors of the holocaust comes alive. The pictures tell such a gruesome and at once poignant tale. These places serve to remind mankind of the depths to which the depravity of man can plummet. A lesson that this is history not to be repeated.

  6. Reading through this made me cry. The things humans are capable of inflicting on one another is horrific. Visiting sites like this is important so we can know what happened so that it may not happen again. Thank you for sharing this.

  7. This is so so heart wrenching. I knew a visit here will make me sad but this is even more horrific. Those innocent faces – to think they just vanished. The gas chamber is so horrible….Gosh, I am totally overwhelmed. Thanks for sharing this – it needs to be so that one realizes why racism is bad

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