Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site


Shortly after Adolf Hitler´s appointment as Reich Chancellor, the Nazi regime established a concentration camp in Dachau in March 1933, which was originally intended for political opponents. It became the 'model ' for subsequent camps.

Until liberation in April 1945, more than 200,000 people from over 40 nations were imprisoned in the Dachau concentration camp and its 140 subcamps They were persecuted for political, “racial” and "social hygiene" reasons. One in five died from hunger, disease or SS terror.

The Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site was opened in 1965 on the initiative of survivors, first of all of the Comité International de Dachau. The Memorial Site aims to provide historical and civic education while fostering international encounters and is dedicated to remembering the victims of Nazi persecution. In addition to a main exhibition on the history of the Dachau concentration camp, special exhibitions on a diverse array of themes are held at regular intervals, while a multifaceted educational and event programme is available. Various religious and non-religious memorials also exist on the grounds. Much is planned for the coming years, with extensive renovation work due, exhibitions to be redesigned und updated, and further buildings from the former camp integrated into the Memorial Site.


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