Hell on Earth: Dachau Concentration Camp

Our last couple days of Christmas vacation were spent in a somewhat depressing, but very educational, fashion.  First, we stopped in Nuremberg, home of the Nuremberg trials, where Nazi leaders were tried (and mostly convicted) after WWII.  Although the biggest players in the Third Reich — Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, and Joseph Goebbels were not tried (all three committed suicide prior to the indictment), the proceedings brought to light the horrible crimes the Nazi regime had committed.  Every country around the world watched these trials, and it seemed as though “justice” was finally being served on an international stage.  Next, we traveled on to Munich, where we visited Dachau Concentration Camp, the site where it all began.  Built in March 1933, Dachau was the Third Reich’s first camp and served as the model for all those built afterwards.  Over 200,000 incarcerated prisoners passed through its gates, and over 43,000 died there.

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