Dachau is many things. It’s disturbing. It’s uncomfortable. It’s tragic. It’s angering. It’s sad. It’s a memorial. It’s history. It’s prophetic.
Here are just two pictures from the open grounds.
The camp has done a nice job of memorializing the victims of the camp – giving visitors a sense of what the camp was like, how the prisoners felt and were treated. The memorial above is a good example – it’s a wall with simple words on it, in four languages. I think it’s fitting that the memorial is a wall. Walls are used to divide and separate. At the camp, a wall separates who was human and who were “vermin” meant to be controlled and exterminated. Because that’s what walls do. They are physical expressions of human attitudes and beliefs.