The guides do an excellent job of explaining the camp's role in the Holocaust and relating the survivors' stories. It's a sobering experience, but an important one to help ensure we never forget.
Just outside the town of Dachau, a memorial site stands on the grounds of the former concentration camp. Dachau was the originator and training ground for the vast order of brutality that spread over half of Europe in the wake of the armies of the Third Reich, and which ultimately culminated in history's greatest crime.
2015 marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of most Nazi concentration camps in the closing months of WWII. All over Europe, advancing Allied soldiers set free the survivors of camp after camp. Those who emerged told a shocked and disbelieving world of the full horror of a network of murder and degradation that had first been set in motion in 1933.
While each camp was responsible for its own particular form of barbarism, what distinguished Dachau is that almost everything that happened in the system as a whole happened at some level there. Almost every category of victim passed through its Arbeit macht frei (Freedom through Work) gate, including German dissidents, outspoken clergymen, Jehovah's Witnesses, gay men, Jewish people and Polish citizens. Today's memorial site combines the historical authenticity of the original environment and its many surviving buildings with the function of a modern exhibition center. It is a place of memory, of pilgrimage and of education.
Very knowledgeable about and quite capable of sharing the events that led up to the opening and use of the camp through its closure. Kept a group with different knowledge and physical abilities all together and very interested.
Very well organized.
Guide Kai is excellent.
This tour was incredible. What made it was our guide Steve. If we had gone to the site on our own and just read through the material, our experience wouldn't have been near what it was. Steve was amazing with the narrative he created. His insight into the political motiviations and daily life in the camp were stiring. He pointed out some of the less visited areas. My wife and I were in tears as we walked through the crematorium. If you're interested at all in history and the events that have shaped our modern world, this is a great tour.
Great Guide with a lot of background information. Made the tour very meaningful.
Amazing tour and amazing tour guide. We learned so much and loved our tour guide. I would highly recommend this tour! Everything went smoothly and I'm very glad we booked this. I would recommend booking this tour instead of a self-guided tour there, you get a lot more information and insight!
Excellent guided tour from Keith, very highly recommended.
Excellent tour with Mat as guide
Make you think and wonder why we are still so cruel to each other
Will remain with me for a long time
Excellent trip and tour guide.
You could not not get better ! His tour was told with the euthiusiam as if we were his first.
Really excellent guide who told us about the historical context of Dachau and interesting details about people/the surrounding area. Ex. Pregnant women sometimes have their children out of town to make sure their children's birthplace isn't Dachau. The guide gave a fairly comprehensive overview of what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of the war in relation to Dachau and was really receptive to questions of all sorts.
We could have visited Dachau without a guide, but Michael was so knowledgeable, the stories he shared made this experience special. It was also nice to have someone to direct us to the correct train and bus which made good use of our limited time. Dachau is a place that we should all visit so that we never have to relive the horrible realities that those confined had to endure.
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