Trip Start Jan 20, 2010
40Trip End May 15, 2010
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Those at Dachau had to give up property, human rights and dignity when they were brought in. Dachau is one of the only concentration camps that survived from the beginning of Hitler's regime till today. The SS assigned each person a number, which determined their fate upon entering the camp. They were than taken to the bathroom disinfected, showered, heads shaven and given a uniform. Some people were not given food. The ones that were feed had stale bread and coffee for breakfast and watery soup for lunch. More people died from sickness than from starvation. There was a sick parade every night where the sick were beaten in front of everyone else. In the last three months 300,000 people died. Than April 1, 1955 marked the end and the beginning of the liberation. Sadly more than 200,000 people died after the liberation.
All Jews were destined for destruction. They were always given the hardest work and the shittiest conditions to live it. Most died in the gas chambers in Oustwitz. The population grew so big in Dachau that a second gas chamber and cremation chamber had to be built
Seeing the camp was very emotional. The whole atmosphere was dark, gray and cold. We walked on the same path the prisoners were taken on. I saw all the bunk rooms where they lived as well as the gas chamber. Walking through the gas chamber where so many innocent people died to the adjoining cremation room. While walking around no one talked, the place echoed when you moved. It was very large and felt deserted. While walking around the atmosphere you couldn't help but get teary eyed.
After leaving Dachau we headed toward Salzburg. We drove through the mountains. The temperature dropped and we saw snow. The drive had some of the most magnificent scenery that I've ever seen. With a backdrop of snow cover mountains, little farms and chapels dotting the snow dusted fields was magnificent. Then we would drive through villages with different color houses with foggy mountains in the backdrop.