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April 29, 2014

Emaciated survivors of the Dachau horror camp

Filed under: Dachau, Germany — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:37 am

Today is the anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp by American soldiers on April 29, 1945.  Many of these soldiers are still alive and will be attending memorial services around the USA, telling their stories about the emaciated inmates, who barely survived their ordeal in the Dachau horror camp.

I am putting up some photos of the Dachau survivors, taken after the liberation of the camp.

Polish political prisoners celebrate their liberation from Dachau

Polish political prisoners celebrate their liberation from Dachau

Dachau survivors, and American soldier in the background

Dachau survivors salute their liberators; note American soldier in the background, who was not a prisoner

Most of the Dachau survivors were emaciated and weighed barely 70 pounds. Many of them had to crawl up to the barbed wire fence to greet the American liberators — NOT!

Dachau prisoners greet the American liberators

Dachau prisoners greet the American liberators

The photo below shows young survivors posing inside one of the Dachau barracks.

Dachau survivors pose inside one of the barracks

Dachau survivors pose inside one of the barracks

There were several British SOE agents at Dachau when it was liberated. The Nazis only killed the women SOE agents, letting the men live to tell the story. You can read about the fate of the female SOE agents at Dachau on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/BritishSOEagents.html

The photo below shows some of the political prisoners at Dachau, including SOE agents.

British SOE agents were prisoners at Dachau when it was liberated

Captured British SOE agents were prisoners at Dachau when it was liberated

French resistance fighters who survived the horror of Dachau

French resistance fighters who survived the horror of Dachau

Where were all the sick prisoners at Dachau when the camp was liberated.  They were in the infirmary barracks. Just before the Americans arrived, there were 400 prisoners per day dying of typhus.

The photo below shows two sick prisoners in the infirmary barracks.

Two sick prisoners in the Dachau infirmary

Two sick prisoners in the Dachau infirmary

There were a few babies at Dachau when the camp was liberated.  They had been brought, from one of the sub-camps, to the Dachau main camp, to be turned over to the Americans.  All of the babies survived and lived to the age of 65, at least.

Mothers with babies who were liberated at Dachau

Mothers with babies who were liberated at Dachau