May 15th – Dachau

Hallo.

(Trigger warning, this post is disheartening as the section will cover a lot about the suffering people went through in the Holocaust)

Today is anticipated to be a short yet hefty day, consisting mainly of a tour of Dachau.

Dachau was the first concentration camp created during the Holocaust, and was also a prisoning camp.

As we arrived at Dachau, we got off the bus and headed inside the main memorial of the inhabitants at the time. We were greeted by our tour guide, who began by explaining that the “small area” we’d be navigating today was merely a fraction of the whole entire camp.

I anticipated that the section we’d be visiting was small based on what she said. But to my surprise, the section we toured was massive. The area of the whole camp spanned to what seemed to be about 5 acres (roughly), and I believe the section we toured was about a 10th of the size, which is still pretty massive.

We learned a lot about the propaganda used at the time to portray Dachau as a healthy peaceful place to learn, which was anything but the truth as many awful acts of torture were used on the prisoners at the time. We learned about the punishments the prisoners dealt with asides from their grueling work and horrible living conditions.

We also visited a crematorium, and it truly pained me to see such sights at how human suffering took place. I was truly horrified to see the ovens in which the prisoners were burned, and I will never forget what I saw. For the awful treatment the prisoners faced, it’s one thing to read about it in a book, but it’s truly devastating to see the remains of the camp in person.

The sights I witnessed today, have redefined what the Holocaust was in my mind. And it’s truly sad to know that humans were treated in these ways, and to this day there are countries that deal with other inhumane and injustice treatment because of who they are. 

Thank you for reading this post, and please remember, there is no just reason to oppress anyone, and please advocate and stand for those in the world who are currently oppressed.

Auf Wiedersehen.

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