This morning, having nothing better to do, I decided to check out other people’s blogs. I use wordpress to do my blog and I used their software to find other blogs. WordPress directed me to blogs that I might find interesting, based on my own history of blog posting. That’s how I found this blog post entitled Dachau and My Heavy Heart with this statement:
In truth, one concentration camp is no different from another. If there were any significant differences between Dachau and Auschwitz, it had to be the numbers who never walked out of the camps. But a death is a death; it doesn’t make it less painful for me just because the numbers are fewer in Dachau.
My first thought was to scoff at this, but then I realized that this blogger is right. The significant difference between Dachau and Auschwitz is the numbers. The first report, released by the American liberators, gave the number of deaths at Dachau as 238,000, while the first estimate of the number of deaths at Auschwitz, given by the Soviet liberators, was 4 million.
“But a death is a death,” as this blogger correctly noted. There was one big typhus epidemic at Dachau which started in December 1944 and quickly got out of control. There were two typhus epidemics at Auschwitz, but when the Soviet liberators arrived, there was no epidemic in progress. How many of the deaths at Dachau and Auschwitz were caused by typhus? (more…)