A visit to Dachau, the remains of Germany's first concentration camp, is an experience you will never forget. Built shortly ... More
KZ Gedenkstädte Dachau
A visit to Dachau, the remains of Germany's first concentration camp, is an experience you will never forget. Built shortly after Hitler seized power, its aim was to extinguish opposition through incarceration and/or murder. Dachau has been preserved and is open to the public as a reminder of the horrors of Nazi Germany. The former work house is home to a permanent exhibition which describes in horrifying detail the history of the camp; a memorial to the victims of fascism (erected in 1968) stands in front of the building. The barracks have also been kept intact, for it was here that the prisoners - social democrats, communists, Jews, gypsies and prisoners of war - were imprisoned. After the war, the camp was used as a temporary home for innumerable displaced persons. The northwestern part of the site includes the crematorium, where over 30,000 of Dachau's victims were cremated.
well ive only ever visited one concentration camp but when i visted germany this was the highlight of my trip. tehre appeared to eb a stillness and a harbinger of doom filled the camp. the ovens and gas chambers were terrifying. anyone who visits Munchen should go to Dachau as a reminder of the horrors comitted during that dark time.
Dachau is preserved as a memorial to the tens of thousands of people from over 34 nations who suffered and died at the hands of the Nazis between 1933 and 1945. A tour can be taken which explains the history and political circumstances that created Dachau as Nazi Germany's first concentration camp by Heinrich Himmler. The tour is conducted in English and lasts about three hours
The KZ (concentration camp) at Dachau was Germany's first of many to follow in the horrid years of Hitler. Unfortunate that most of the buildings the public is allowed access to are now gone. The displays and rebuilt area show you some example what it was like, but it lacked the haunting architecture I expected.
All in all, it was worth seeing, but I would recommend if someone wants a more indepth visit, consider one of the camps with more of the original infrastructure still standing.
A worthwhile experience for anyone who has not already visited a concentration camp in Europe. The site is a testimonial to all who lived there and is presented to the visitor in a very reverent way. As a museum it presents much information but still holds you its grip as you clearly realize that people lived and died in the buildings you visit.
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