If you go to Munich, then you must go to Dachau, a World War II concentration camp. Although not as notorious or big as Auschwitz, it still has a nasty reputation among the locals even though it’s lessen over the years. Even though it’s a concentration of lesser reputation, it undoubtedly still inflicted a lot of pain, suffering, and created a lot of death at this place. One has to think back in the prisoner’s shoes of living in such horrid conditions especially the lack of food and drink can cause many people to go insane.
Tip: The best way to visit these concentration camps is to imagine yourself being a prisoner thinking of living in those terrible conditions of little food and water (always hungry), one set of ragged clothes, little to no entertainment, sleep was terrible due to crappy beds, always too hot or too cold, always tired from working long hours, and always on the watch by the hawk eyes of the guards. That can take a toll on a person. But also imagine this: coming up with an idea to escape. Jail breaks are always fun to think about so think from a survival standpoint. How would you do it as a prisoner of Dachau?
When Allies took Germany and made the discoveries about the concentration camps, they made the locals help clean the site which probably put a mental scarring for the rest of their lives so they would never forget because many claimed that they didn’t know what was going on which may be or may not be true. But at least, they won’t forget the suffering of the prisoners there or the mental anguish of having to clean dead bodies and body parts. Memories and stories like that don’t go away so they don’t happen again!
This also helped push the story of the concentration camps were not a myth but actual truth to the entire world. But it couldn’t just be spread through the news, it also had to be pushed through word-of-mouth. That was the reason why the Allies made the local German people who lived nearby into voluntold helpers who obviously did not want to participate but did so by force. No doubt the locals complained while at home which ensured the stories would not disappear in history.
In case if you’ve wondered how I would do my escape from Dachau, it would be either through stealth (finding a guard to knock out and stealing his clothes and papers) or go out with a bang in full force. You’re facing death anyways and you’re getting weaker by the day so it would be easier to snatch an automatic rifle early in your time in prison and just make a break for it. Once out, gotta find a way to Switzerland which at the time was the closest neutral country around. Also a safe haven a well.
Tip: It’s best to have a rental car to drive out there as public transportation does not really go out there or in my opinion, a little tricky to get out there. Having a car also means that you can drive up to Ingolstadt to see the Audi Museum if you’re up there as well. If you cannot make it out to Auschwitz where you have to have a reserved ticket, then Dachau is a good option as well if you want to see a concentration camp back from World War II.Follow me on Instagram: