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.
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)
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.
Kristallnachtoccurred 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.
6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust (1.1 million children)
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.
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.
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…
In prison camps, prisoners were forced to do hard physical labour. Torture and death were frequent and common.
I felt NUMB. Ironically, however, it was the lack of that feeling that HURTS THE MOST.
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.
Millions of people died here, either from disease, torture, lack of food, murder, and the evil GAS CHAMBER.
Germans don’t use the “Brausebad” for shower room anymore for it refers to the death showers of the prisoners in 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.
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.
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.
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.
At the end of the WWII in 1945, the people are shouting – “NIE WIDER” or “NEVER AGAIN”..