When the US Seventh Army arrived at Dachau on April 29, 1945 to liberate the concentration camp, many of the American soldiers reported later that the smell of the smoke from the burning of the bodies was horrific. Some said that they had seen partially burned bodies in the ovens. Others reported seeing smoke coming from the chimney on top of the crematorium.
There were stories told by the American liberators about the ashes that they saw flying in the air, or ashes covering the ground like snow. Some visitors today imagine that they can still smell the burning bodies at Dachau. Others completely freak out when they see the ovens in the crematorium.
Some of the tour guides tell visitors today that the Nazis were killing the prisoners at Dachau as fast as they could before the American liberators got there. Actually, the prisoners were dying at the rate of up to 400 per day in a typhus epidemic, and the Germans had run out of coal to burn the bodies. (more…)