Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Dachau Concentration Camp, Munich.

Dachau Concentration Camp, Germany,
19th June, 2014.

Hello peeps! Some issues happened in between delayed me from updating my travel entries. Sorry about that. Wasn't really a big issue, just you know, shit happens sometimes (couldn't believe I actually said that LOL! Di bulan Ramadhonn yang mulia ni, jaga mulut sket hehh Ajian). But if I look on the bright side, I have more 'me' time. And this evening, I just finished my final exam for German language. So no more exams, yeayy!

Day five.

So let's continue with my last month's trip with my family. From Munich, we stopped by at Dachau Concentration Camp on our way to Berlin. Honestly I never knew this camp exists. But I think most of us know Adolf Hitler, known as one of the most evil people in history. He once said this, "I could have annihilated all the Jews, but I left some of them to let you know why I was Annihilating them." And yea, this camp somehow related to the Jews and Nazism.

It might be quite a super boring entry with histories for some of you, don't tell that I didn't warn you guys! But I've tried to make it short. If you're interested to read more, you can visit here with some related links provided :D

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Established in March 1933, the Dachau concentration camp was the first regular concentration camp established by the National Socialist (Nazi) government.

The camp was originally designed for holding German and Austrian political prisoners and Jews, but in 1935 it began to be used also for ordinary criminals. Inside the camp there was a sharp division between the two groups of prisoners; those who were there for political reasons and therefore wore a red tag, and the criminals, who wore a green tag. The political prisoners who were there because they disagreed with Nazi Party policies, or with Hitler, naturally didn't consider themselves criminals.

Prisoners lived in constant fear of brutal treatment and terror detention including standing cells, floggings, the so-called tree or pole hanging, and standing at attention for extremely long periods. There were 32,000 documented deaths at the camp, and thousands that are undocumented.

In the postwar years it served to hold SS soldiers awaiting trial, after 1948, it held ethnic Germans who had been expelled from eastern Europe and were awaiting resettlement, and also was used for a time as a United States military base during the occupation. It was finally closed for use in 1960.

In the 12 years of its existence, over 200,000 persons from throughout Europe were incarcerated here and in the numerous subcamps. More than 43,000 died. Cruel.

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The gate at the Jourhaus building through which the prisoner's camp was entered contains the slogan, Arbeit macht frei, or 'Work will make you free.'
Inside of the prison.
Statistics of prisoners of the Dachau Concentration Camp listed by Countries of Origin, 1933-1945.
Nothing but skin and bone.

Death was something normal, it occurred everywhere.
Ashes of the unknown concentration camp prisoner
Memorial of the camp.
The commemorative mass grave dedicated to the unknown dead at Dachau.
'May the example of those who were exterminated here between 1933-1945 because they resisted Nazism help to unite the living for the defence of peace and freedom and in respect for their fellow men.'
Prisoners' barracks.

After spent an hour at the camp, we stopped at Ingolstadt Outlet Village, but it was very unfortunate that it was public holiday, and I didn't know it. Great, Ajian. We then headed directly to Berlin after lunch.

P.s. Regarding the recent issues between Palestine and Israel; join #themoneymovement with hashtag #freepalestine. Write it on your money, it is very fast circulating and if a person who does not know about the situation in Gaza or Palestine sees it then they will have to do research and insyaAllah will find the truth.

with love,

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