The prisoners’ quarters are sobering. Everything was cramped, tight, and emphasized the idea that the Nazis’ believed that the prisoners were more not humans.
The quarters were rebuilt after the war, so people could see what they would have been like. The picture above shows the sleeping arrangement. As the war went on, more prisoners came to Dachau. They crammed themselves into the “beds.” As you can see, prisoners slept on wood planks and crowded in.
Maybe you’d be interested in seeing the bathroom facilities…
Again, a recreation. We were told that these were the total number of toilets for the prisoners in the quarters. If there were a thousand prisoners, they would use only these toilets. And the worst part – we were told that for the most part prisoners were given a total of five minutes to use the facilities. Five minutes for everyone. And it was probably the only time of the day they would be allowed to use the bathroom.
After using the bathroom, if you were so lucky, you went and washed your hands here:
After that, you headed over to your locker, where anything you still owned would be housed. And usually it was your prison cap and maybe another item or two.
We were told that often, soldiers would take a prisoner’s cap and hide it. This could result in the execution of a prisoner for violating the rules of not having their cap.