Munich and the Dachau concentration Camp

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Entrance to Dachau

It was a little rough rolling out of bed this morning but I managed. Knowing you're going to be walking through a concentration camp, makes you feel a little thankful that you only have a hangover and you can leave the place whenever you want. We each got an audioguide so we could get more information on the site. Walking through the "Work sets you free" gate gave me the chills. Once you walk through the gate, you can see how massive the place is. Although most of the barracks were gone, they recreated two of them and walk through them and see where all the others would have been. It was about a 8 minute walk to walk down the road which had two massive barracks to each side.

The first thing we did was watch the movie about the camp. I've never been in a room that was so quiet.

Memorial
Throughout the video, there were pauses where there was no sound or talking and just flashes of pictures. Not one person was making a sound. Walking around the camp was very interesting but every so often I would think about what it would have been like 60 years ago to be there. Part of the audio guide had survivor testomonies that told you about some of the horrendous things that had happened in the camp. You could go inside one of the barracks which showed how the sleeping quarters had changed over the 12 year period the camp was in operation. The audio guide said that the camp had space for 6,000 people. When it was liberated, there were more than 30,000.

I walked through the area which has the creamitoriom as well as the gas chambers. The gas chambers were reportedly never used for gasings but they were still really creepy.

Another memorial
Inside the room where the gasing would take place, there were shower faucets so that the people going in would think that they were there to shower and not to be gassed. While inside the chamber (for less than 30 seconds, it was really creepy), a woman was getting her picture taken. That completely appalled me. I can't believe someone would have the audacity to have their picture taken in a gas chamber at a concentration camp. Some people I guess have no sense of decenty!

The mueseum was great as well and had lots of information. At one point I just had to leave and not read anymore. It went into detail about the different ways prisioners were punished for the smallest of 'crimes' such as having a fingerprint on a bowl or not walking fast enough, or basically, not doing anything wrong at all.

The 'kill zone'. A green patch, 3 metre ditch, followed by trip wire, barbed wire and an electric fence
One story said that the guards would randomly pick someone, take their hat off and throw it outside the 'line'. The person would have to go get it and since they weren't "keeping up", they were obviously trying to escape, so they would be shot and killed. After reading about the hangings where a prisioner would be hung by his or her wrists for an hour or so, while being beaten, I had had enough and went outside.

Overall Dachau was a great experience and was very eye opening and even more disturbing than I thought.

After the camp tour, we went back to the hostel and said goodbye to our British friends. We then went to a beer garden for some supper and then to the English park to walk around. It's huge and has an area for nudists. We were told by the tour guide that there are three men there alot. 'Ass Man' (for obvious reasons), 'Tripod' and Robocop. We were lucky enough to see Tripod haha. He would walk back and forth along this trail and every so often start a little 5 metre jog, just to show off the goods haha. After that, we had a pretty relaxing evening since Craig and I were leaving at 11pm for the night train to Berlin.

I'm going to miss you Munich!

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Entrance to Dachau
Entrance to Dachau
Memorial
Memorial
Another memorial
Another memorial
The kill zone. A green patch, 3 …
The 'kill zone'. A green patch, 3…
Rows and rows where the barracks s…
Rows and rows where the barracks …
Waiting for the bus back
Waiting for the bus back
A reminder to call my mom for her …
A reminder to call my mom for her…
Beer garden
Beer garden
Tripod
Tripod
Surfer on the surfer wave
Surfer on the 'surfer wave'
Sad to leave Becky and Munich
Sad to leave Becky and Munich
my couchette for the night
my couchette for the night
Munich
photo by: AleksandraEa