Visit Dachau

Visit Dachau. Half an hour away from the city of Munich (16 km-10 miles northwest) this gruesome reminder of the horrors committed by the Nazi regime before & during WW2 will give you the chills & will create a powerful memory that will follow you as long as you live. Dachau was the first of concentration camp opened by Heinrich Himmler right after the Nazi victory in the elections of 1933. The camp initially meant for political rivals served as a model for all future concentration camps, as a school of violence for the SS men who would run it.

In the 12 years of its existence more than 200.000 persons from all over Europe were imprisoned here and in the numerous subsidiary camps. 41.500 were murdered. On April 29, 1945, American troops liberated the survivors. The Memorial Site on the grounds of the former concentration camp was established in 1965 on the initiative of and in accordance with the plans of the surviving prisoners who had joined together to form the Comité International de Dachau.

The Bavarian state government provided financial support. Between 1996 and 2003 a new exhibition on the history of the Dachau concentration camp was created, following the leitmotif of the Path of the Prisoners. The visitor gets to see what the prisoners saw, understand how they lived & died, and learn about the physical & psychological tortures they endured. Your whole view about the holocaust & the overall atrocities humans can impose on one another will be eye-opening & educative, to say the least. Dachau