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November 27, 2010

What really happened at Dachau?

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:15 am

I must get back to the Dachau Memorial Site and take a guided tour so that I can learn about what REALLY happened at the Dachau concentration camp.

A recent visitor who took a tour of Dachau wrote this on a blog post here:

Dachau was the first concentration camp and some say it was not a “killing camp”, which is also not true.  Dachau was the first stage of creating the entire system of concentration camps.  All the training for all personel who worked at all the concentration camps was conducted here.  It was where torture techniques were developed and perfected.  It was where all of the psychological warfare techiques that were conducted throughout the nation of Germany and occupied territories were perfected.  They had a gas chamber and it was used, more for testing various combinations of gases to see how they killed, but it was used nonetheless.  Many many people died in Dachau, both from disease, deliberate gassing and torture.

Visitors to the Dachau Memorial site can also learn a little about German culture, such as this information on the blog cited above:

We have the impression that the Aryan race was supposed to be an entire populace of blonde haired, blue eyed ppl.  Such is in fact not true.  The Aryan race was simply people who could trace their Germany ancestry back 3 generations.

4 Comments

  1. this is ALL wrong !!

    Comment by tay — January 17, 2012 @ 11:16 am

  2. I don’t agree with the statements made by the author of that blog:
    “NOW, the thing you probably didn’t know at all: When entering a concentration camp, the state would take a. your passport, b. your bank accounts, c. all property and items belonging to you. In this way the state gained great wealth, because they had a constant source of income. Then they put the inmates to work in munitions factories in order to re-arm Germany. Hitler marketed his “slave labour” idea to big business and they thought it was a great idea (including companies like BMW and Mercedes), so used these political prisoners to build new war machines. Hitler re-armed Germany from NOTHING to what he fought WW2 with, in the course of 6 YEARS!!! This includes tanks, airplanes, submarines and a navy! Hitler was initially hailed as a HERO for bringing his country out of economic depression. OF COURSE you could bring any country out of depression by taking all the land and assests of the people and turning them into slaves!”

    How many inmates of the concentration camps were in Germany before the war? I have read that there were no more than 20,000 total. This number represents slightly more than 0.0003% or population of Germany of 65 millions. And who were the inmates? Were there any felons, pimps, prostitutes, vagrants, spongers, communists, etc? Is the author of the blog talking about “their” bank accounts and property? Are we supposed to believe that pimps and prostitutes of Alexander-Platz in Berlin and Reeperbahn in Hamburg kept their money in the banks? What about communists and Trotskyites? There were many jews among both groups, but I doubt that they would have a significant land or assets to be confiscated and used for building German war machine. I think that author got a little confused there, if he really believes that those 20,000 or so were indeed major source of slave-labor which built. Maybe he needs to a little more research and apply some arithmetic skills. Again, someone would explain to me please, how people who were arrested and put in the camps for being “”Arbeitsscheu-work-shy” in the first place, suddenly became a major productive force of the German economy.

    Comment by Gasan — November 27, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

    • The blogger was reporting on what he was told by a tour guide at Dachau. Actually, what happened when prisoners were brought to Dachau is that everything was taken from them, but their possessions AND THEIR MONEY was kept for them. When they were released, they were given back all their possessions. They were issued “camp money” to spend instead of their real money because the staff at Dachau didn’t want the prisoners to have real money that they could use if they escaped. This prevented the prisoners from trying to escape. They could spend the “camp money” inside the Dachau camp for items from the canteen or for a prostitute in the camp brothel. Besides that, the prisoners were allowed to receive money and packages from relatives and friends. The money was kept for them and they were issued “camp money” to spend.

      The prisoners who were sent to work in the factories were paid a small amount of money; they were not really slaves. They worked along side workers who were not concentration camp prisoners. The German women were not encouraged to work during the war and all the men were in the Army. That left the concentration camp inmates as the only source of labor. Hitler didn’t have much to do with the concentration camps. The camps were set up and run by Heinrich Himmler.

      Comment by furtherglory — November 27, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

      • You are a fool! They did not return arms and legs to the prisoners! They did not return the testicals, eyeballs and other body parts tom my uncle. They did not hang his army budy’s tongue or his mind filled with horrors. Quit being stupid and except the fact that the devil hangs his head in awe, because he did not think of the tortures that the German Army at Dachau.

        Comment by Joy Bowles — August 12, 2013 @ 2:24 pm


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