Arbeit Macht Frei

October 2, 2009

“Work Makes You Free”

Plaque commemorating the Belgian Army

Under this mound is where the ashes of the bodies from the ovens where poured.

Entrance to the acid showers. Brausebad is the equivalent to the German word Dusch (to shower).

Inside the chambers; the holes at the top are fake shower heads.

A set of ovens. Each was able to cremate 3 bodies at once.

An organ in the Evangelical memorial

If a prisoner was to step on the grass, the sniper in the watchtower would shoot them. Many times the Nazis would play a game with the prisoners. They would take there hat and throw it on the field… Then the prisoner had to choose to get it and risk getting shot, or forgetting it and getting his whole barrack in trouble.

Russian Orthodox Memorial

Statue commemorating the misery of the camp.

A port hole where the acid-gas was dropped into, leading into the gas chambers.

Star of David on the Jewish Memorial

A plaque honoring the efforts of the Jews who were imprisoned and experienced the horror and evils of the Nazi party.

Inside the Jewish Memorial. A line leading to eternity…

Statue in honor of the tens of thousands of Polish that were imported to the camp.

Aerial view of the camp memorial. Center: the Catholic memorial; Back: the Nunnery; Left: the Evangelical Memorial

An old Lutheran Bible in the Evangelical Memorial

A picture of Lagerstasse (Camp Street) as of 1938.

Look carefully on the roof of the building and you can see it say “Es Gibt Einer Weg zu Freiheit” (there is a way to freedom).

The foundations of the old barracks

What the barracks looked like still standing.

Catholic Memorial

Jewish Memorial

In memory

What the beds looked like in the early years of Dachau, when there was enough room to include spacers.

The shared toilet room

What the beds looked like in the later years. Prisoners would sleep head to toe, side by side.

A picture of the conditions inside the barracks

Shared sinks

A list of people by year who lived in each barracks. Each was made to hold 250; by the end of the war, over 2000 were living in each.

The camp road was a place for friends and family to get together and share what little time they had.

Dachau S-bahn stop.

This plaque honors the 20th Armored Division

Walking into the camp is spooky and chilling

A view of the right side of the camp.

“May the example of those who were exterminated here between 1933-1945 because they resisted Nazism help unite the living for the defense of peace and freedom and in respect for there fellow men.” In German, French, English, and Russian

The main work center, now used as the museum

The Dachau Memorial

Another Jewish Memorial near the work center

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One Response to “Arbeit Macht Frei”

  1. thanks so much for sharing your experience in pictures…i hope to one day visit the camps in poland and photograph them for myself…i’ve been blogging about the Holocaust for just over a month now at Never Again!

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