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May 3, 2017

The story of Dachau, as told to tourists

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 4:30 pm

In 2005, the entrance into the Dachau Memorial site was changed so that visitors can now see a section of the brick path upon which the prisoners walked as they neared the Arbeit Macht Frei gate into the prison camp.

My photo of the gate into the Dachau camp

 

New prisoners walked on this brick path into the Dachau concentration camp

The photo above shows the brick path and the grass covering the rubble of the factory buildings that were torn down after American troops took over the SS training camp and the Army garrison next door to the concentration camp.

Visitors can now see a few of the buildings inside the former SS garrison, including the Administration building which is the white building trimmed in yellow on the right in the photo above. When I visited in 2007, I was told that this building was the Commandant’s house, but I have since learned that his house was torn down in 1987.

On the left side of the photo, you can see the ramp upon which supplies for the camp were unloaded. Passenger trains did not enter the Dachau camp.

A new gravel path, [shown in the photo above] which leads from the bus stop to the Arbeit Macht Frei gate, was constructed in 2005 on the south side of the Dachau complex, which includes the former concentration camp and what is left of the former SS Army Garrison and Training Center for concentration camp administrators, which the Dachau tour guides refer to as a “school of violence” or a “school of terror.”

The entrance into the Dachau Memorial Site was changed again when a new Visitor’s Center was completed. New signs which tell the story of Dachau were added.

I have been to the town of Dachau, and to the concentration camp near the town, several times. The last time that I was there was in 2007.

I have a whole section about the Dachau camp on my scrapbookpages.com website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/KZDachau/DachauLife01A.html

 

9 Comments »

  1. FG
    The entrance to the KZ Dachau as it shown in your blog is not the same as it was at the time of liberation.
    1: To start with all individuals apprehended under the Hitler Regime had to pass the ‘Theodor Eicke Platz’ before entering the gate ‘Arbeit macht frei’. This despite of its beauty did not fit into the scheme of things for the American Administration and was bulldozed and the so called two lane Louisiana Avenue was erected. It also had previously a horse ridding path in the center.
    2: The building you can see in the background at the right was the SS-Officer Club a most prominent building, posh inside, but simply it was probably considered a God-damn Nazi Building it was torn down perhaps out of pure envy by the ‘Liberators’ and is now is the bus stop for arriving visitors.

    You can can view the picture at the very end of my blog: http://dachaukz.blogspot.co.nz/2011/08/dachau-kz-suffering – it also shows the swimming pool, which was demolished as the only the Krauts used it and become a test bed for M62 Army trucks.

    Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — May 5, 2017 @ 12:45 am

    • FG
      You may have to use Google tyo get uinto my b;og – I also made error in one sentence, sorry

      Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — May 5, 2017 @ 1:01 am

    • The link that you gave goes to a page where there is nothing.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 5, 2017 @ 6:26 am

    • You wrote: “You can can view the picture at the very end of my blog: http://dachaukz.blogspot.co.nz/2011/08/dachau-kz-suffering – it also shows the swimming pool, which was demolished as the only the Krauts used it and become a test bed for M62 Army trucks.”

      The link that you gave is not a valid link. The link does not go any page.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 5, 2017 @ 7:14 am

      • FG
        Try another link, google:DACHAU KZ: SUFFERING AND DEATH

        Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — May 5, 2017 @ 5:18 pm

        • You wrote: “google:DACHAU KZ: SUFFERING AND DEATH”

          You put this up on the internet several years ago. I read it way back then.

          It is difficult to read because it is all on one page, and readers must scroll down forever.

          If you still have the ability to make changes, you should break it up into sections with links to each section

          Comment by furtherglory — May 5, 2017 @ 6:42 pm

    • You wrote: “The entrance to the KZ Dachau as it shown in your blog is not the same as it was at the time of liberation.”

      My former husband, who is now dead, was an American army officer in the 1950ies. He was sent to Germany, to an Army base that was only a few miles from Dachau. He went to Dachau with a group of Army officers and their wives. I declined to go because I thought that the sight of Dachau and it’s gas chamber would be too horrible for me to look at.

      When he was at Dachau, he stayed at the German officers section of Dachau. He was very impressed by how nice it was. The former Dachau camp, at that time, was filled with homeless people; he said that these people were really pathetic. He told about going to see the Dachau gas chamber, including the small room behind the gas chamber, where there were control wheels for letting in the gas. No one is allowed to go into that part of the Dachau “gas chamber” now. If I had gone on the trip, I would now have photos of that small room.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 5, 2017 @ 7:30 am

    • On this page of my website, I have photos of what was left of the officer’s section of Dachau, when I visited the former camp in 1998. http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/SScamp/AvenueSS.html

      Comment by furtherglory — May 5, 2017 @ 7:53 am

  2. I read that the 2nd Hungarian Army participated in the invasion of Russia from the beginning. It consisted of 200,000 soldiers and 50,000 Jewish forced laborers. Does anyone think it’s possible that the Jews from the Lodz and Warsaw ghettos, the primary source of transportees during Action Reinhard, might have actually been sent to Byelorus in the vicinity of the Dvina River? If you look at the West Point military Atlas, it can be seen that in that area the front was fairly for nearly three years, and the operational unit in that sector was the 3rd Panzer Army, commanded by Georg-Hans Reinhardt. Reinhardt was tried after the war and sentenced to 15 years, serving 5.

    Comment by Pete — May 3, 2017 @ 6:03 pm


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