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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.

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memorial

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.

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