In February of 2019 I went to Munich Germany to meet my friend. There was several places I wanted to see and also to go from Munich southwards to some other places towards Switzerland.
While in a youth hostel in Munich I was recommended to visit Dachau. As the name of this blog suggests, I lived in Jerusalem Israel for a few years. I’ve worked with Jewish people in Israel and in the UK for a good while. I took a train that 30 mins from Munich and another 2km to this place wondering how do I prepare myself to see a terrible act of wholesale murder mainly aimed at one particular religious group.
Dachau was the first of all the Nazi concentration camps. I only got maybe 1 1/2 hours here as I had to an appointment to see my friend at for lunch so I didn’t see all of it. I’ve been to Yad Vashem museum in Jerusalem a few times to see the grand scale of tragedy inflicted on Jewish people during WWII. This was a bit different as it was up close.
I thought as well as Dachau, Auschwitz, and a couple of other places in Poland, just these were the main centres of death by the Nazis. I was wrong, this map here shows more like a couple of hundred places of Hitler’s infrastructure of industrial-scale murder.
“work makes you free”
What are the hoists above the ovens? Maybe its better I didn’t know.
Copies of monuments from different parts of Europe and Israel. There were school children on a trip here. A chilling reminder needed this should never ever happen again.
- Dachau concentration camp – 2. BMW museum – 3. Neuschwanstein Castle – 4. 1972 Munich Olympics village.