Never Again - Dachau Camp
Updated: Aug 15, 2021
The personal feelings you experience at this actual site Memorial are multiple and strong. Germany has established this memorial in a touching, yet very positive way to honor the victims, appreciate the liberators and to allow all of us to learn from history.
On April 29, 1945 Allied Forces including units from the U.S. 7th Army (of which Ray IV reports through) participated in the liberation of Dachau, the first concentration camp established in Germany by the Socialist Party.
Liberation ended a segment of history that we must, Never Again, allow.
A visit to Dachau is a must if you are in the Munich area. You will be touched. You will be changed. History isn’t always what we plan it to be, but we can learn from the past and work to make sure the future becomes what we want it to be.
Liberation, April 29, 1945
The original purpose for Dachau was to house political prisoners who were in opposition to the new ruling party. The Nazi Party.
As history shows, the camps evolved in later years housing opposition military personnel, many scientists, educators and entertainers whose ideals were opposed by the socialist party, as well as many Jewish heritage individuals and families.
Regardless of the reasons one was sent to Dachau, among other camps as well, the experience was horrid.
34 barracks, at its most populous time holding over 2,000 per barrack, designed for much less.
The tree lined corridor (Camp Road) between the barracks was a place for camp detainees to mingle, which was a highlight of their day. And usually the only highlight of their day.
Detainees would enter the gates that promised ‘Work will set you free’. It was propaganda.
The entry road April 1945 (above) and 2021 (below looking toward the camp).
An artist renewing or daily ‘roll call’.
A memorial upon entry to the Roll Call grounds.