Highlands Ranch High School - Mr. Sedivy
Memorial, Germany - Part 3
Many of the deaths at Dachau can be attributed to the harsh regimen and crowded conditions of the camp. Although punishment was severe for even the smallest infraction of the rules, some people were subjected to so-called "testing," a gruesome form of human experimentation.
Many Russian prisoners were never registered as arrivals because standing orders allowed them to be used for targets on a nearby firing range. The number of deaths in this category remains unknown, but is speculated to total about 7,000. Of the recorded deaths, over 3,100 inmates perished after the U.S. Army liberated the camp because their physical deterioration was beyond medical help.
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. 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 deterrence in the future.
As you leave Dachau, the marker on the wall reads: "Never Again."
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