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Dachau Memorial, Germany
Dachau Concentration Camp, WWII

Dachua Concentration Camp, Germany WWII

It is very difficult to convey all the emotions that the word Dachau brings to mind in the visitor. The city of Dachau has existed as a settlement for over 1200 years, yet most of us associate the word Dachau exclusively with the concentration camp that existed on the perimeter of the city for 12 years (from 1933 to 1945).

Sole Gate to Dacau Concentration Camp, 1933-1945
The Jourhaus Gate. The only entrance into Dachau from 1933 - 1945.

Gate reads: "Labor Means Liberty"
Translated the Gate Reads: "Labor Means Liberty."

The Lord Mayor of Dachau has chosen words which convey this situation well: "Throughout the world, the name Dachau is equated with the deepest horror of an inhumane government in Germany. Dachau has become the emblem and symbol of a murdering terror and of a loss of freedom."

Nazi Torture at Dachau
Prisoner Torture at Dachau Concentration Camp

Twelve years of history have blocked out the remaining 1200 years (the city of Dachau's history) from our minds and hearts. No one leaves the grounds of this former camp with a good feeling, and this is a normal reaction that we certainly do not try to dispel.

WWII Nazi Propaganda PosterPropaganda Poster
WWII Nazi Propaganda Posters
Memorial Wall Iin Dachau, Germany
Memorial Wall in Dachau:
"MAY THE EXAMPLE OF THOSE WHO WERE EXTERMINATED HERE BETWEEN 1933 - 1945
BECAUSE THEY RISITED NAZISM HELP TO UNITE THE LIVING FOR THE DEFENCE OF PEACE
AND FREEDOM AND IN RESPECT OR THEIR FELLOW MEN"

Yet, if we learn from the tragedies that took place here, then its continued existence as a memorial serves a vital purpose. An informed visit serves the cause of human rights and deterence in the future.


Dachau, Germany
| Dachau: WWII Concentration Camp Memorial |
| Dachau Memorial 2 | Dachau Memorial 3 |

Liberating Dachau
| World War II - Dachau Concentration Camp Complex |
| Unanswered Questions: Discovery of the Railroad Boxcars |
| I Company Recollections and Quotes |
| Liberating Dachau: The 42nd Division at the Jourhaus |

Famous 20th-Century / World War II Quotes
| Quotes from Europe and Asia - 1900s | Winston Churchill |
| US 20th-Century and World War II Quotes |
| Index of Quotes by Speaker / Historical Period |

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