Dachau Concentration Camp: Model of Inhumanity

[5th of a series of posts about my late October travels to southern Germany]

“You are not responsible for what happened. But you certainly are responsible for preventing it from happening again.”
—Max Mannheim, Jewish concentration camp survivor (b. February 6, 1920 – d. September 23, 2016)

Dachau Concentration Camp was the first of its kind to be built for its purpose and was used as a model for other Nazi-era camps. As the oldest such facility, operational from 1933-1945, Dachau was originally opened for political prisoners, but later evolved into primarily holding Jewish people, who were subjected to gross overcrowding, medical experimentation, and torture. It also continued to imprison political prisoners, non-Jewish Nazi protesters, and groups that the Nazi Party considered as “inferior peoples,” e.g., Jehovah’s Witnesses, gypsies, physically or mentally disabled people, homosexuals.

Similar to the Documentation Centre in Nuremberg, this infamous site has been slowly transformed over time with historical buildings that document what happened here and exhibitions. Some exhibits show what life was like at the camp during its active years, the timeline of the Nazi regime and the people behind it, and stories of some of the prisoners and survivors. In memoriam to all the different groups that were detained at the camp, religious memorials representing such populace have been erected on the grounds and are open for all to ponder the atrocious crimes to humanity that happened here.



Nuremberg: During the Nazi Era

[4th of a series of posts about my late October travels to southern Germany]

Nuremberg was considered as the major center of the Holy Roman Empire. In an attempt to mirror the greatness of the medieval past, Hitler and his Nazi Party chose this city to establish a power base and hold their political and military rallies. Hitler’s ambition and dream of building his own empire is reflected in the Documentation Centre Nazi Party Rally Grounds (Dokuzentrum), a huge building and surrounding edifices that still exist today in the form of a museum established in 1994 inside the Congress Hall. Had Hitler prevailed, there were plans in place to build plenty of additional monuments and structures in the area that were supposed to glorify his political beliefs and stature as a ruler of the empire he imagined would be his.

To Germany’s credit, the museum contains permanent exhibits that educate the public of what led to Hitler’s rise and fall in an objective manner, painfully sensitive to his evil deeds. It is a highly informative forum presented in chronological order, replete with pictures and films. A must for those who want to learn more about this dark part of history. The acreage of what remains of the grounds reveal Hitler’s megalomania.


Better Schlosses and Gärtens

[2nd of a series of posts about my late October travels to southern Germany]

Schloss, castle, palace
Ah, to live like royalty,
One can only dream.

Schlosses, castles, and palaces visited:

New Residence, Bamberg

Imperial Castle, Nuremberg

Dachau Palace, Dachau

Nymphenburg Palace, Munich

Residenz, Munich

Castles of Ludwig II (no interior pictures allowed for the first two castles):
Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau

Linderhof Royal Palace, Ettal

Herrenchiemsee Royal Palace, HerrenInsel (supposed to be a copy of Versailles Palace)

Barreling through Bavaria (Bayern)

[1st of a series of posts about my late October travels to southern Germany]

Extensive travel
North and south Bavaria,
A joy ev’ry day.


Bavarian cities and towns traveled:


Bamberg (a large part of it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Regensburg (its medieval center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Graswang Valley


Prien am Chiemsee: HerrenInsel and FrauenInsel