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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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  • Day1

    KZ-Gedenkstätte Dachau

    October 9, 2016 in Germany

    Teil 1

    An diesem Sonntag ging es nach München, eigentlich sollte nur ein Konzert besucht werden.

    Widersprüchlicher könnte es nicht sein.

    Dennoch besuchten wir diesen erdrückenden Ort... ...ein paar Impressionen aus der Zeitgeschichte.

  • Day51

    Day 51: Munich, Germany

    August 10, 2017 in Germany

    Today we decided to visit the Dachau Concentration Camp with a tour from our hostel. The first established concentration camp where 43,000 people lost their lives. It was not an easy morning. Watching it in a movie or reading it in a book truly doesn't get you to understand fully the horror and injustice of the camps. I can't even begin to describe it, but it made me feel so uneasy and overwhelmed with anger and sadness. I also didn't feel comfortable taking a lot of pictures.

    After the tour, I grabbed lunch with a few of the people we met and the food was really good. We were all meeting up later in the hostel bar for trivia night, but there turned out to be none, so we just hung out for a few hours. Radler's are really good beers for anyone who visits Germany!

    We then went to get a late snack and turns out Munich is quite sketch at night. It turns out one of my roommates is slightly sketch too. When I went to shower later, turns out someone stole my used bar of soap! I had left it to dry near the window and the soap and case completely disappeared. My used bar of soap certainly wasn't something that I thought I had to lock up, but I guess when you need soap, you need it. Thank god the hostel had mini body washes for a euro as everything was closed.
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