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The First

       Dachau was the first concentration camp that was built during World War II and became the model for many of the other camps such as Aushwitz.

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This above picture is an example of one of the many memorials made to Dachau and all the innocnet people that were killed. This one imparticular reminds us of what happened here and that we should take note of it to make sure that it never happens again.

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This picture above is what was posted on every entrance to a concentration camp or also known as a work camp. This means work is freedom so entering into the camp the prisoners believed that it was just a place of labor. Nobody really knew what was ahead of them.

These are my thoughts from my journal the day we visited Dachau, they described perfectly everything I was feeling:
"Wow, today has been unforgetable. We visited the concentration camp Dachau the first one that all the other camps imitated. What an experience it was and it was one that I am so happy yet sad to of had. I felt bad for taking pictures of something that cause so much suffering, and I think most would agree. I have read so much about all this through all my years of schooling but it is so different in person. I could feel the  wieght of depression and death around me. It blew me away to see all the barracks- 60 all together and that at one point there were two thousand people in each. After seeing them it broke my heart to even imagine. I remember reading a quote about being killied for not have your bed made properly the Nazi's were just searching for a reason to kill. I would of been dead a long time ago if that was the case. As much as seeing this broke my heart it was something that everyone needs to experience because this NEVER needs to happen again. Like the ash burials where thousands of innocent people were killed, creamated and then burried. After see this I am complelty disgusted with Hitler and that Nazi's. It makes me angry and upset to think that there are people out there like this...."
This is just a little example of all the emotions that over toke my body that day and I hope these pictures will help explain it even more.

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The above picture is the road that the prisoners walked to the camp. This has just been made as an entrance to the camp a couple years ago. It sent chills up my body when i realized I was entering the camp the same as the prisoners had years ago. The walk was long, quiet and started a flow of emotions in my body.

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The above picture is one of the ash graves at Dachau. When the United States troops came into to Dachau they left everything as it was and went to the houses that were around the camp and forced those people to come in and see what had been going on next door. Piles of dead bodies, burracks, kitchen, creamatory and so on. This was just the first step in making an impression on people so this would never happen again. Piles of ashes were found behind the creamatory and memorials such as this one were made for the thousands of people that were in those piles.

This is an example of what the barracks looked like at one point during the war. Look how small and packed with people it is.

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Below is a picture of the bunks empty. Can you imagine sharing one of these with at least three or four other people? All the bunks were the same size length and width so it did not matter if you were too tall and overweight you slept here anways with more than one other person.

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This is what the outside of the barracks looked like. There sixty different barracks in Dachau and each was held different types of prisoners. It was not just Jewish people Hitler disliked it was priest, government officials that were not under his lead, homosexuals, criminals, immigranst, etc, and it was basically anyone who was not the perfect German: blonde hair, blue eyes. It was known for sure that priest were put in barrack 26 and the Jewish people were placed all together in the very back barrakcs. Their wok was always harder and their punishments were always more harsh.

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This picture below is one that was taken illegally during the war. At one point there were all the dead bodies at Dachau that were waiting to be put in the creamatory and here is a perfect example of the innocent people that were burned to ash and the burried.

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Below is one of the original guard post. It has not been rebuilt it is the original from the war. Here is where the guard controled prisoners escaping however some guards would force you to run and try and escape just so they had a reason to kill you.

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The above picture is of the actual crematoriums that were used.  This and the gas chamber were probably the hardest thing to see at the camp. 

       One of the requirments that we had for this trip was readings from day to day. Before visiting Dachau we had to have read, Night by Elie Wiesel. This book is about a boy and his family from the very begining of the war where they were seperated until the end when the United States came in. Wiesel does a very good job of expressing emotions and painting pictures to fit the environment of a concentration camp. If you have not ready I suggest you do it will give you a whole new look on how the camps changed people from one extreme to the other.