On our recent visit to Munich, we made a side trip to Dachau. I shared a few photos of the pretty town in a recent post, but wanted to give the concentration camp memorial the respect it requires; some separation from the fun and prettiness.
This is an easy trip by car or by train, and I can’t recommend it enough. (Signage recommends that children be at least 12.) There is no charge to visit, and a free audio guide is available. But 3 Euros each for a guided tour, is money well spent. Our guide had visited and studied the other concentration camps, shared conversations she had had with survivors, and carried her own book of photos taken by her uncle who had been with the Americans who liberated the camp. Her family included Nazis and Jews, and her commentary was thoughtful and thought provoking.
From the web site: “On March 22, 1933, a few weeks after Adolf Hitler had been appointed Reich Chancellor, a concentration camp for political prisoners was set up in Dachau. This camp served as a model for all later concentration camps and as a “school of violence” for the SS men under whose command it stood. In the twelve years of its existence over 200.000 persons from all over Europe were imprisoned here and in the numerous subsidary camps. 41.500 were murdered. On April 29 1945, American troops liberated the survivors.”
I’ve captioned the photographs; beyond that, I will let them speak for themselves.