Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I GO: Dachau In The Snow

After Nuremberg, I took another early morning train to Munich. When we arrived, it was snowing and it continued to do so intermittently for the duration of the day. Rather than exploring the city center, I ventured out of Munich proper to visit the former Dachau concentration camp. I'll let the pictures do the talking save to say that despite bringing my fingers close to frostbite (ok, I'm exaggerating), I'm glad it snowed during my visit. In a way, it provided the appropriate backdrop. 

Arbeit Matcht Frei = "Work sets you free". The infamous sign at the entrance to the former Dachau concentration camp.

Mock-up of where prisoners would have been registered upon arrival.

The barracks were arranged symmetrically along the camp's central axis. This picture only shows one side of the path. Each of the long gravel pits signifies where a prisoners' barrack once stood.

These were taken in Barrack X and are, respectively, the "shower" and the crematorium.

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