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  • Day50

    Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

    October 15, 2017 in Germany

    A sombre day...

    We have spent a reasonable amount of time on this holiday doing things associated with either WWI or WWII. It only makes sense whilst in Germany to visit the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site just outside Munich, the site of the first concentration camp established by the Nazis in 1933 and liberated by the Allies in 1945.

    This camp served as the blueprint for all 80 or so concentration camps which followed. The main administration building, which is now a large museum through which you linearly travel through the 12 years of Dachau's history, was formerly the receiving and processing stations, including the place where prisoners personal details were registered, stripped, shaved, showered and provided their uniforms. It also included the kitchens.

    There is a recommendation that children under 12 do not enter the museum, so Kate stayed out with Craig whilst Finn and I went through.

    Behind this building is the "Bunker" with the corridor between the two buildings forming the execution area for special prisoners, as well as the place various tortures were performed. Within the Bunker, the special prisoners were housed and included isolation cells and standing cells - 70cm x 70cm cubicles with no light where prisoners could neither lie nor sit and were submitted to this torture for up to 3 days at a time.

    Between the main admin building and the first of the dormitories was the parade ground where roll call was made twice a day. Even in winter with temperatures of -12C, prisoners had to stand there for a minimum of 1 hour each time. Longer if the guards felt like it. The area held approx 40,000 prisoners.

    The barracks were all destroyed after liberation, with two having been reconstructed to demonstrate the cramped living conditions for prisoners. What is left of the barracks that stood there previously is now marked by the footings of each building, along the poplar-lined main walk. At the end was the SS quarters, now converted into a convent for the Carmelite order.

    To the left was the old and new crematoriums, and the gas chambers, which at Dachau were reportedly only used a few times for a few small groups or individuals and experimentally. I could not bring myself to take a photo of these buildings. I had always imagined them to be large processing plants. In fact they were quite small, and in the new crematorium which was built because they couldn't keep up with the demand for use by the smaller crematorium, there were only 4 ovens, which would usually be used for 2-3 bodies at a time. Mass graves were in fact only employed after there became a coal shortage, so the crematoriums could no longer be used.

    I am not quite sure how to process the actual experience of today. Of course I have read novels and seems documentaries, but being physically here is still quite different. The memorial site is so peaceful and quiet. It certainly defies any comprehension of how men could commit the atrocities witnessed here on fellow human beings. One would like to hope that the sentiment on one of the pieces of art work outside the main administration building is true - Never Again.
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  • Day9

    Munich - Monday

    August 22, 2016 in Germany

    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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  • Day46

    Dachau, Schloss

    June 10 in Germany

    Das Dachauer Schloss auf dem Schlossberg von Dachau war lange Zeit bevorzugte Sommerresidenz der Wittelsbacher. Aus der mittelalterlichen Burg war im 16. Jahrhundert ein Renaissanceschloss entstanden, das im Barock teilweise umgestaltet wurde, und von dessen vier Flügeln sich nur einer bis heute erhalten hat.

    Bild 5: Um 1900 war es um Dachaus Trinkwasserqualität schlecht bestellt. Die meisten Hausbrunnen wurden mit Amperwasser gespeist. Wenige öffentliche Brunnen dienten der Trinkwasserversorgung. Häufig kam das Wasser schmutzig gelb aus dem Brunnen, da es "durch menschliche und tierische Abfallstoffe verunreinigt" war.
    In vielen Fällen konnte man das Wasser allenfalls abgekocht genießen. Es wurde aber dennoch zum Bierbrauen verwendet!
    Nach verschiedenen Probebohrungen wird 1906beim Elektrizitätswerk Gündig ein 62 m tiefer Brunnen, der einwandfreies Trinkwasser liefert, gebohrt.
    1910 wird dazu als Wasserspeicher ein 29 m hoher Wasserturm neben dem Schloss errichtet.
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  • Day1

    Today is the day!

    After 4 weeks preparation time - I am joining my backpack on it's trip. The Osprey already started its journey from Chicago via New York last month with two weeks hang time in Leipzig at the Germans customs. ;)

    Now we travel together, all by myself. Next stop Bangkok and from there to a 3 weeks adventure in Vietnam.

    The plan - there is no plan ! Starting south from Ho-Chi-Minh City, traveling zigzag with the wind - direction north.

    Having watched tons of Vlogs, Blogs and already made some friends within local forums - I feel prepared, excited and am looking forward to the unique experience.

    Inspired from the travelers community, I found it an interesting challenge to travel with a minimum gear. So what you see is a total of 15Kg with a net weight of 10.5kg. Let's see how it plays out - I might still have to much stuff with me. The last days where a tough decision making - reducing a lot of the origin planned things.

    As digital traveler I will share some of the milestones to my follower. So whoever want to join in - welcome to my trip. Stay tuned on this channel - more to come.

    For now - I am outta here !

    Cya!

    Eddy
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  • Day1

    Things are packed - ready to go

    August 15, 2017 in Germany

    Tomorrow is the day. It's been 8 weeks I promised my son we will go to Hawaii - if he manages to get a grade better in his schoolexam across all subjects. He delivered so will I.

    Stuff is packed and we fly out to USA, first stop LA.

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