Walking across the wide boulevards and stopping for a while in the wild nature of the concentration camp makes one feel strange. Actually, the trees provide a great sense of peace but, at the same time, one is aware that many people suffered to death in that same place. Unfortunately, it is difficult to perceive the peaceful atmosphere because of the many noisy students who do not care at all about the concentration camp. However, rest some seconds or minutes in these boulevards, especially in the one that connects the entrance with the area of the museum and the huts.
1933: the Dachau KZ opens!
This article from a newspaper of Augsburg, exhibited in the museum, reminds us of the inauguration of the Dachau concentration camp on 31st March 1933, just two months after Hitler's ascent to Kanzler, ("Chancellor").
The Dachau KZ was the first of a long series.
Warning in summer
When you visit the Dachau concentration camp, don't carry much luggage because the camp is huge and you may get tired. I visited the KZ on a hot summer day. It was around 35 ?C, which is really very hot for the German parametres. So, you should wear light clothes in summer. However, I'd recommend you shouldn't wear too short clothes as a sign of respect towards the many people who died there. You don't need a camera with high performances, since you will mostly take photos outside. On hot days, bring something to drink (not necessarily to eat) or you will get dehydrated!
There are two replicas of the housing facilities that the prisoners slept and ate it. The buildings were only supposed to hold about 50 per room, but as the war progressed, it turned into 200 per room. In the mornings, the prisoners were called out for roll call, which meant standing in lines in the open area in front of these two buildings. Everyone had to be there, dead or alive. Then they were left standing there for at least 1 hour, in cold or heat. When roll call was finished, then the work assignments were handed out for that day.
Lesson for everyone's lives
One of the reasons you leave Muenchen to a half-day trip visit Dachau is the Concentration Camp Memorial, used during the World War II. One among many others.
It may seem a tetric place to visit, but I personally reached the conclusion after spending some three hours inside the museum and the old facilities in the camp that we "must" consider ourselves very happy.
Some of us died as an exemple of lack of tolerance and understanding among men.
Take the S-2 in Muenchen in the Hauptbahnhof to Dachau. Arriving there take one of the available bus lines to the Memorial.
After the visit you can spend some more time visiting the cute Dachau oldtown.