This morning, I read an article, written by Caitlin Burns, a young student who had recently taken a guided tour of Dachau.
This quote is from the article that she wrote about her tour:
The tour began with the prison [the bunker], and learning about the many horrific ways humans could find to torture one another. Of course, many never made it as far as the prison cells.
Perhaps the most haunting for me was walking through the rooms centered around the gas chamber. The Nazis originally told prisoners that they were to take a group shower — so they were herded into the building, told to disrobe, and led to their tortured deaths. The sign above the chamber even says Brausebad, which is the original way of saying “Showers” in German. This word has since been removed from the German dictionary for its connection to the concentration camps.
The horror that had occurred in that room brought me close to tears. I watched as teenage students took photos of the cavern like room, with holes in the ceiling that looked like fire sprinklers. I had never felt anxiety like this, willingly walking into this chamber with hundreds of other people. Unlike those during the war, I knew what this chamber meant. A mass killing machine — conceived by the human mind; built by human hands; designed to take human life in a way never seen before. The whole prospect of this room makes you question humanity’s capabilities to torture and kill each other.
My experience at Dachau evoked many dark nightmares from my subconscious. Even after reading about Holocaust stories, through Anne Frank’s diary and Night, my imagination could never delve to the dark waters necessary to be prepared for the horrific realities the people trapped in these camps experienced.
The tour guide at Dachau most likely pointed out, to the tourists, the Brausebad sign above the door into the
shower room gas chamber. Did the tour guide point out the wiring above the door, that goes into the room ABOVE the ceiling. This indicates that the shower room was modified by the American liberators of the camp.
Do the tour guides at Dachau still point out the bins on the outside wall of the building, where the gas pellets were allegedly poured into the gas chamber?
You can read about the history of the Dachau camp on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/overview.html
I have written several blog posts under the “tag” Dachau gas chamber: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/dachau-gas-chamber/
It should be pointed out to students, before they go on a tour of the Dachau Memorial Site, that Germany is not a free country. Germany is still occupied by American soldiers, and the true story of the Dachau camp is against the law in Germany.
Students like Caitlin have the freedom to look up the facts about Dachau, and they should use this freedom to learn the truth.