Here is part X of our European Holiday Flash Pages. We looked around the infamous town of Dachau.
This is the entrance way to one of the most disturbing and thought provoking places we have ever visited.
Dachau Concentration Camp is only about twenty minutes outside of Munich. The camp was one of the first, and largest, facilities of it's type run by the Germans.
The building on the right was one of the solitary confinement areas.
The solitary confinement areas were tiny and freezing cold, even in summer when we were there.
Photographs do not indicate just how big this camp was.
Hundreds and thousands passed through these gate. Thirty five thousand, that's only the ones that were counted, did not ever walk back through the gates alive.
There were vivid displays of the "tests" that were conducted within the walls of this camp. They were enough to turn your stomach.
A concrete pad in which one of the many huts that housed the prisoners once stood.
This was described as the "communal shower" to unsuspecting prisoners. It was in fact one of three gas chambers. There was a door on both ends so that prisoners lining up for a "shower" could not see the fresh bodies being removed from the chamber.
This was the "hospital clinic" area. Needless to say, most of the experiments and gassings were conducted in this building.
Unless you visit the camp yourself, you'd never see what kind of barbarism man is capable of.
It certainly opened our eyes as to the lows of despair and human suffering that people of all races endured while interned.
Even now the camp feels eerie. It's like death and suffering is still lingering in the air.