We were doing so well for time on the way to Munich that they found time to take us to Dachau concentration camp. Even as we were walking in everyone was silent. The entrance gate has the words ‘Arbeit macht frei’ or ‘work will set you free’. Dachau was the first concentration camp opened in Germany after Adolf Hitler was appointed reich chancellor in 1933.
Dachau was a model concentration camp and served as a ‘school of violence’ for the SS. On April 29 1945 American troops liberated the remaining prisoners.
We only had an hour there and the man and I went left at the gates and ended up at churches that have been set up there since the camp closed. If we had of gone right we would have ended up at the death chambers. The chambers at Dachau weren’t actually used but from the photos other people took it is still a creepy place and they did have executions there.
The size of the place was incredible. There were 20 barracks built to house 250 people but when the Americans liberated the camp there were about 1600 people crammed in each one.
We had time to quickly go through the museum but not enough time to absorb too much. I actually though the holocaust memorial in Berlin was worse. They had letters there from mothers to their children that they wrote on their way to Auschwitz.
Even so it looked like a few people were teary getting back on the bus. Now on way to Munich.