On April 23, 2012 there was an article in the online StarPhoenix in which I read the following:
[Holocaust survivor] Elly Gotz ran his fingers across a cement wall two years ago when he returned to Dachau, the Nazi concentration camp from which he was liberated in 1945.
“We visited graves, visited the construction site,” Gotz said Sunday before a speech to the Saskatoon Jewish community. “I touched the cement wall in which my friends are buried. We lost people who fell into the cement and drowned.”
Can someone please tell me where this “cement wall” is located? I am assuming that there is a concrete wall somewhere at the former Dachau concentration camp where Jews fell into the concrete before it was set — and the bodies were never pulled out. I am amazed that the Nazis would tolerate such a sloppy construction job, and leave a concrete wall with bodies buried inside it, so that it could be seen by future generations.
I have been to the Dachau Memorial site several times over the years, and I have not seen any bulges in the concrete walls around the camp that would indicate that there is a body “buried” there. Maybe he means the wall at the execution site, which is now almost entirely covered by vines.
There was a concrete DITCH on the west side of the Dachau camp, as shown in the photo below, taken when the camp was liberated. Is that what he is talking about? It is more likely that someone would fall into a concrete ditch than a concrete wall.
Gotz said “We visited graves, visited the construction site.” Maybe he was talking about Leitenburg, the hill where bodies were buried in mass graves near Dachau.
The whole area of the mass graves at Leitenberg is surrounded by a wall, about 3 feet high, which you can see in the photograph above. On this short section of the wall, there are plaques with names of the Jewish victims who are buried in the mass graves. Is this the wall that Gotz touched? (Jews were not buried inside the concrete of this wall.)