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June 4, 2017

What can students learn on a one-hour trip to Dachau?

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 5:33 pm

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.usctrojans.com/sports/w-volley/spec-rel/053017aaa.html

Student enters the former Dachau camp

The following is a quote from the news article:

This morning, we started the final day of our trip in Munich. The [volleyball] team had a great breakfast at the hotel before we took a bus ride about 10 miles out of town to Dachau. Our visit to the concentration camp memorial was a short trip, but it was nice to see it, and something I think everyone should experience.

I think if you’re going to make the trip, or visit that concentration camp, it’s in your best interest to take at least a couple of hours instead of just one hour. It’s a really heavy experience and it’s really emotional; and I think in order to really appreciate it and have respect for the place itself, you do need to take a couple more hours and really take in what it may have been like to be there as someone who was a prisoner of that camp.

It was rough though. I cried a couple of times and I know that Brittany [Abercrombie] almost threw up because it was all just very gnarly. There’s really not a lot to visually take it that would otherwise make you emotionally or physically sick, but it’s more of the reading and realizing throughout the experience that this is what people were doing or living through on a daily basis.

It was really hot out today; about 77 to 80 degrees out, and I just remember walking through there and thinking to myself, “wow, I can’t wait until we get back to air conditioning.” But then, to think of the people who were there, the prisoners of this war, and in that camp specifically… there was no A/C. Many of them died from heat exhaustion, and were working in extreme conditions, whether it was cold in the winter or hot in the summers.

Seeing the gas chambers with the gurneys in them, I was just like, “oh my god.” Reading that they would put two or three bodies in there [an oven] at a time was just incredible. Looking around at all of my teammates and other people at the camp, it was impossible to imagine that human beings were treated like objects. It wasn’t even that long ago. It was less than 100 years ago.

Our visit to the barracks with the bunk beds and how they were all really confined in spaces was really gnarly. I’ve had a hard time rooming with one other person and in two separate beds. I can’t even imagine being one of four or more people in one small space together. It was literally just enough for someone to lie flat on his or her back and you’re probably right next to someone, and there’s zero privacy.

People were there for years on end. It’s so hard to fathom and wrap my mind around something like that. Thinking about it, we’re so spoiled now with what we have. It’s just crazy that people’s lives were stripped of their humanity and people were treated like animals. It basically felt like they were chickens in chicken coops and that’s pretty much how these people were living everyday. I don’t even know how to describe it. The men who were running these concentration camps… to completely just look at other people as animals and not as human beings; and to do the things that they did to them; beat them to death, murder them on the spot, and put them in these gas chambers, and burn them alive, it’s a really, really heavy thing.

Throughout history in general, we learn from it and hope to not make the same mistakes later in life. I think it’s amazing that the camp is still there for people to go visit as a living example of the past. It’s huge for people to go see it and to use it as an experience and to learn from it so that we don’t repeat history or repeat something like this.

Visiting this camp at the end of the trip was interesting. Throughout our 12-day trip, we were all exhausted, because it was day in and day out getting up early and being on the go; just constantly moving. I know a lot of us may have complained at some point about doing certain things or about how tired we were, but visiting Dachau at the end of our trip really put things in perspective, and I hope it made an impression on all of our girls.

At the end of the day, we do all get to go home, and we do get to rest and feel comfortable where we are. That’s something the people imprisoned at that camp could never have done and some never even imagined. We were traveling for 12 days, and I mean, these people were there for years. It’s just crazy. I wish that we had more time there to really experience the whole thing.

As far as volleyball goes, I felt this trip helped us learn how to work together; work out some of the kinks that we’ve had. We tried a couple of our different rotations and we learned different things about different players. For instance, I feel like at the end of this trip, my hitters learned how to trust me more, and I can feel that. It showed as we progressed throughout the trip.

Spending time together in general, we learned more about each other and we learned how to be more comfortable with each other. In any team sport, it’s much more difficult to work with a bunch of people if you don’t really get to know each other or if you don’t really hang out together. It’s about learning to trust each other off the court and translating that to trusting each other on the court. I think it just creates this gelling environment and I think it flows right into when we move on to the fall.

This whole trip is an experience that I will not soon forget, but I will definitely remember the camp at Dachau today. I want to come back at some point to properly visit it. Something else I will never forget is the alpine sled that we rode down in Maribor.

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Why am I quoting this article about a visit to Dachau, you ask?

I find it remarkable that these students had no idea why certain people were put in camps while a war was going on. They thought that the Nazis were bad people who were being mean to people for no reason.

13 Comments »

  1. it was all just very gnarly

    The writing is infantile, which is sadly typical for young people in the US today.

    What can students learn on a one-hour trip to Dachau?

    Perhaps a better question to ask: Why would a women’s US college volleyball team, which was presumably in München to play volleyball, use whatever free time they had to visit former KZ Dachau? — part of the answer might be the school: USC — that’s where Spielberg’s USC Shoah Foundation is — they produced the awful ‘The Final Days’, which was full of lies from beginning to end (this is why ‘The Last Days of the Big Lie’ was produced: to counter all the lies in ‘The Final Days’) — just part of indoctrinating the next generation of goyim — this is necessary so Jews do not lose their preeminent victim status due to the passage of time.

    Of course people did suffer and die in KZ Dachau.

    Comment by eah — June 5, 2017 @ 2:07 am

  2. The news article states: “Seeing the gas chambers with the gurneys in them, I was just like, “oh my god.” Reading that they would put two or three bodies in there at a time was just incredible. ”

    The gas chambers with the gurneys in them?!? What to expect from people who don’t even know the difference between a crematory oven and a gas chamber?! Not hard to make anything go to people who don’t know what they’re supposed to see !

    What a fragile & gullible little thing !! How would she have felt if she had visited an alleged extermination camp not yet downgraded to a mere concentration camp?

    The air conditioning thing was completely hilarious….

    Comment by hermie — June 4, 2017 @ 6:43 pm

    • I couldn’t agree more than what you said about gullible young people especially from the US of A that are completely brain damaged after a tour they undertake to see the Walt Disney-like former concentration camp.

      Facts are distorted by well trained guides mainly from Israel as, apparently one can still notice that they had just taken off their yarmulke before a tour starts

      It is obvious that furtherglory is unable to choose other subjects than Dachau and what those mean Germans -oh, my God- did to other people! Any critical assessment over a time frame seems to be out of question.

      I lived and worked for almost ten years inside the camp after the so-called ‘Liberation’,(which again is a misnomer)roamed around on my own and could very well make up my own mind and not listen to trained guides. All in all I had the best years of my bachelor life in a former Concentration Camp.

      I sometimes wonder: Did anyone ever noticed, there are no flues from any of the crematorium ovens? You can no longer check yourself, excess to the rear is chained off – just listen to the guides: Those Nazis shoved five at a time into a single oven and burned them alive! OH, MY GOd, just stop here: Ich muss kotzen (I have to puke)

      Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — June 5, 2017 @ 1:40 am

      • Here is a drawing from the Dachau Baracke X plans showing how the ovens were planned:

        It looks like the flues are underground – all going into the smokestack. I’m not certain of this though.

        Comment by blake121666 — June 5, 2017 @ 3:03 pm

      • BTW, Herbert Stolpmann, the smokestack was modified sometime when you were staying in Dachau. Do you recall having seen that being done?

        1950 picture at top, recent picture at bottom:

        I think BROI and I had figured the change to have happened sometime around 1959 – give or take a few years.

        Comment by blake121666 — June 5, 2017 @ 3:11 pm

        • You wrote: “1950 picture at top, recent picture at bottom:

          I don’t think that these photos show the Dachau gas chamber building.

          I have photos of the gas chamber building, which I took, on my website: at

          http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/GasChamber/Exterior01.html

          My photos show that the smoke stack is on the right hand side of the building. These photos show the smoke stack on the left hand side.

          Comment by furtherglory — June 5, 2017 @ 3:39 pm

          • My photos are from the other side of the building. Here are 2 early pictures from the side you took pictures:

            Notice that the chimney does not have the bands of concrete and is 4 meters higher. BROI found a tourguide that stated that the chimney was rebuilt in 1958.

            Comment by blake121666 — June 5, 2017 @ 5:41 pm

            • BTW, the delousing chamber side had a small smokestack and 4 inlet pipes – 1 for each Degesch machine – which was roofed over -probably at the same time (1958).

              Comment by blake121666 — June 5, 2017 @ 5:46 pm

              • I should have explained the picture to not confuse. “C” is the smokestack and “1” and “2” are on one gable, “3” on the other, and the fourth is below sightline on the other gable.

                Comment by blake121666 — June 5, 2017 @ 5:50 pm

                • I should have used the term “chimney” – it’s not for smoke here of course; but for gas exhaust.

                  Comment by blake121666 — June 5, 2017 @ 6:06 pm

    • The air conditioning thing was completely hilarious….

      I thought so too — part of the infantile nature of the whole thing — as if 80F is hot — 72F is seen as a comfortable room temperature — 80F is not hot, nor uncomfortable.

      Comment by eah — June 5, 2017 @ 2:09 am

      • Eah wrote: “80F is not hot, nor uncomfortable.”

        But “there was no A/C” at Dachau in those days. And “[m]any of them died from heat exhaustion” as a result of that. The Dachau Holo-heat is new to me. When you think there is no room for more bullshit, a hoaxer or a believer finds a new BS even more ridiculous than the previous ones. The big H is undeniably an incredible sum of absurdities !!

        Comment by hermie — June 5, 2017 @ 6:21 am


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