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    • Day111

      Dachau, Germany

      July 10, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

      We went to the Dachau Concentration camp today. Dachau is only about an hour outside of Munich and was the first concentration camp that Hitler had built. It also was the only camp that was active for all 12 years (1933-1945). It was difficult to walk thru the site, read the stories and picture the horror that took place there.

      The camp began as a prison for political prisoners/enemies of Hitler only, but then grew to one of the largest concentration camps of WW2 housing Jews from multiple countries. It was built to house 2700 - but at its peak, there were 64,000 prisoners there at one time.

      The main exhibition hall has been put in the old buildings - and it is walls and walls of stories and of the history of this place. It was overwhelming reading them. We spent a couple hours there, but to read them all would have taken all day.

      We were allowed to walk thru one of the barracks they lived in. Most had been demolished, but two were still intact. Each barrack had almost 1000 people squished in trying to survive.

      Seeing where they prepared the bodies for execution was almost too much. We walked thru the actual gas chamber they used (disguised as “showers”) and then saw the crematoriums. They said in the end they didn’t “waste time” gassing anyone, they would simply hang them on the wooden beam in front of the crematorium chambers until dead, and then burn them.

      Eventually, they quit burning the bodies and just piled them outside the fences. When the Allies arrived in 1945 to liberate the camp, they first came upon the thousands of dead bodies in stacks, before they could ever get to the gates.

      I had read that if you ever get a chance to see a concentration camp first hand, you should do it. I definitely agree. It was very moving and emotional. To walk where they walked, to stand where they stood, to see where they died … something I’ll never forget. Something no one should ever forget.
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      Traveler

      Unimaginable horror to have ordered, experienced, witnessed, executed and discovered!!!! A truly sad commentary on humanity’s inhumanity!

      7/12/22Reply
       
    • Day15

      Dachau en Donau

      July 16, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      Floor en ik zijn vandaag naar Dachau ( concentratiekamp) geweest, even heel serieus dus !
      Zeer indrukwekkend maar ook blij dat veel jeugd aanwezig was, zodat ook zij zien wat er zich heeft afgespeeld en dit misschien kunnen voorkomen.
      Daarna naar een gratis camperplek aan de Donau, helaas geen zwemmen , daar is de stroming te sterk voor. Wc's niet zo proper. Gelukkig hebben we ook onze eigen. Poepen maar even niet en ophouden tot de volgende stop.
      Maar wel Bbq en vanavond 3 vuurplekken met de andere camperaars,
      Nu al zin in.
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      Traveler

      Heel gaaf! En lekker stukje vlees😋

      7/16/22Reply
      Traveler

      Indrukwekkend inderdaad !

      7/17/22Reply
      Traveler

      Prachtige omgeving, mooie foto's ☺️

      7/17/22Reply
       
    • Day9

      Dachau

      August 21, 2021 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      The concentration camp at Dachau, opened in 1933, was used at first for political prisoners and as a work camp. Over time, it expanded. Most of the concentration camps built by the be Nazis followed the layout developed at Dachau.
      The 1st picture is the gatehouse with it's familiar sign in the 2nd picture: "work makes you free" (it can be translated other ways, but this is the essence). The 3rd is the main yard were morning and evening roll call formations were held. The 4th picture looks through the window to one of the barracks which were closed due to covid.
      The camp was originally built for 6,000 prisoners, but got to a terribly overcrowded 30,000. Due to increased deaths, a crematorium was added. Then it was turned into an extermination camp. The 5th picture is of the gas chamber, and the 6th is the crematorium.
      I found it extremely hard to imagine the crowded conditions, let alone the cruelty of the place and the abject fear the prisoners must have lived with. The camp as it is today seems to me to have been prettified, perhaps as a memorial; perhaps to soften edges. Yet, there are plenty of pictures of the horror that I have not included here.
      A sign recalls a quote from a US Army liberator: "the most horrible sight I have ever seen." I believe it.
      I can only see this a a mild preparation for Auschwitz. I will be there in a couple weeks
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    • Day12

      Dachu Concentration Camp

      December 20, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 32 °F

      It’s amazing how two horrific places in history can feel different. Today we visited Dachau Concentration Camp. When we entered we both immediately noticed the size difference, Dachau was much smaller. Most of it was empty, simply surrounded by wire fences. The basic layout was the same as Sachsenhausen but wasn’t designed as intimidating.

      As we walked through the buildings, most of them were recreations as the originals were demolished or had fallen apart over the years. The majority of the memorial was housed where the former maintenance building had been placed. This huge museum walked through the history of the camp and what happened there. The stories told were absolutely tragic.

      However once leaving the museum very few buildings remained on the site. There were two recreated barracks which we found slightly more cramped than Sachsenhausen. The old prison stood intact. As we walked through the cold halls we could feel the pain of those imprisoned in those cells.

      Beside the prison, the only other original buildings was the original crematorium and barrack x, which was the name of the second crematorium and gas chamber. These buildings were the most powerful part of the memorial. To think about the tens of thousands of bodies that had passed through the crematorium was sickening. The gas chambers were constructed at the end of the camp and were never used.

      While the experience was different between the two camps the end result is clear: What happened here is horrific. How could this have been allowed? How can we make sure it never happens again? None of these are easy questions to answer but they must be answered or we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes again.
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    • Day40

      Dachau and art gallery

      June 29, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      Today we woke up and did a group tour of the Dachau concentration camp which we learned was the first one there was. The tour was very informational and sad but important to see. The guide was very knowledgeable and offered a lot of information as he’d been doing it everyday for 10 years. The whole tour took most of the day but we spent the rest of the afternoon at the Alte Pinakothek art gallery where there were some Van Goghs and Monets. Then we met up with some of the people from the hostel for the night.Read more

    • Day15

      Dachau

      July 27, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      A hard day today - at Dachau Concentration Camp. It was a brilliantly assembled exhibition and memorial but a harrowing site to visit. Some of the site was reconstruction but it would be hard to know that without the presented information. In the prisoners camp, through a (replica) gate which says 'Arbeit Macht Frei', the maintenance building housed an exhibition from the end of WWI to the opening of Dachau, and then on explaining how Dachau was used, grew and changed over time before liberation on 29 April 1945, and the ensuing Dachau trials.

      Beyond the reconstructed barrack blocks, there were Protestant, Catholic and Jewish memorials. At the crematorium, it was difficult to walk past the ovens and through the gas chamber (which wasn't used en masse in the way it was at other camps, but still). The gardens surrounding the crematorium had been made into memorials for the ashes that had been deposited in them.

      We followed the Path of Remembrance back to Dachau town, this was the 3km route many prisoners were forced to walk to the camp.
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    • Day202

      An end to a dream.

      August 13, 2020 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

      Today, we left the city of Salzburg, and headed for Germany. Especially Munich.
      As we wanted to cross the border, the customs, waved us to stop. As I stopped, the officer said: "You can continue your journey, but I wanted to say you have a nice car!..."
      ..
      Welcome in Germany.
      ..
      The climbs we had to do were far more worse than straight through Austria, but Lieske might be old, but not yet done.
      ..
      We needed to go to Munich and visit the ADAC, this organisation issues the "carnet de Passage" which we would have needed for Iran.
      But as corona F#$@ckt our journey real bad, we will not make it to that destination anymore.
      So by personally delivering back the Carnet, it's a formal end to a dream.
      Lieske will probably never touch Iranian soil.
      ..
      The ADAC was realy friendly, and ensured us that the deposit money will be released within a few days.
      ..
      As this done. And it was a serious day anyway, I decided to visit the concentration camp memorial of Dachau.
      This camp was the bleu print for all camps build by the Nazis during and befor the second World war.
      Impressive and sad.
      We should never forget.
      After this "moment of sadness " we looked for some happy stuff, and found it in a nice piece of "apfelstrudel mit Eis und Sahne"..
      As life goes on...
      Now.. heading for a campsite.
      ...
      Tomorrow.. Stuttgart.
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    • Day11

      Dag 11

      June 25, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Vaknade till att regnet smattrade mot taket.
      Såg ut att regna hela dagen. Tog beslutet att åka mot Dachau men vänta med besöket till i morgon. Endast 8 mil att åka men med köer på Autobahn och spöregn tog det 2,5 timmar.
      När vi väl kom fram så hade vädret blivit bättre så efter en fika med färska munkar så gick vi in.
      Det som finns kvar av lägret är ett antal tegelbyggnader, krematoriet och grunden till alla barackerna. 2 st baracker byggdes upp 1964 för att visa hur det såg ut.
      Rundvandringen tog nästan 2 timmar och var nog båda lite tagna efter besöket.
      Beslutade att åka några timmar mot nästa mål men strax efter såg vi en skylt om en camping.
      Beslutade att kolla om det fanns plats för oss.
      Till Maggans lycka stog man längst vägen och sålde jordgubbar.
      Köpte en liter gubbar o en liter körsbär.
      Fanns några platser kvar när vi kom fram.
      Den väldigt mysig och ligger vid en liten sjö.
      Till middag blev det grillat kött och stekta färska potäter.
      Till kvällsmat troligtvis jordgubbar.
      God kväll.
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      Gittan Lundh

      Ni får verkligen se mycket på er resa,Kul att följa er,

      6/25/17Reply
      Josefine Lund

      Är imponerad av att farmor har kommenterat.

      6/26/17Reply
      Mikael Lund

      Duktig hon👍

      6/27/17Reply
       
    • Day9

      Munich - Monday

      August 22, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Boy, I have been slack in posting on our adventures in Europe. In my defence I was drinking at least 1.5 litres of beer a day in Munich so I was usually feeling a little snoozy by the end of the day.

      On Monday Tessa and I went to the Dachau concentration camp on a walking tour with a guide. As Dachau was the only concentration camp that existed from the beginning of the Third Reich to the end of the Second World War, it was interesting (if that's the right word to describe something so horrific) to see how the camp evolved over time. The picture of the camp that I've added below is a sculpture made in memorial of the victims of the camp.

      In the afternoon I went on a Third Reich walking tour through Munich with an Italian guide Sabine, who also happened to be a beer sommelier (beer expert basically - she gave some excellent bar and restaurant suggestions). We walked past places such as the Feldherrnhalle where Hitler's attempted Beer Hall Putsch was ended by Police gunfire in 1923 and the Hofbräuhaus where some of the early meetings of the Nazi party were held (it also has this cool section where regulars have their steins kept locked away for their personal use when they come to drink). After Hitler took power, the Feldherrnhalle became a shrine to the 16 men who died in the Beer Hall Putsch and everyone was required to give the Hitler salute as they went past, but there was an alley nearby that some people used as a shortcut to avoid giving the salute. It was nicknamed "Shirkers' Alley" and it now is a memorial to the German resistance.

      For dinner Tessa and I went to this lovely restaurant recommended by Sabine during the walking tour for a Bavarian Plate (bits and pieces of everything). The duck was basically the best I've ever had, just so much flavour!
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      Benny Yau

      Is that the Hofbrauhaus that has the swastika painted on the ceiling that has been camoflauged?

      8/25/16Reply
      Traveler

      Just looked into it and yeah, I think it is.

      8/25/16Reply
       

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