It was trip down  the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial which is less than an hour away from Munich.

Established on March 22, 1933, Dachau was the first Nazi concentration camp and served as a model for all other concentration camps. During its 12 years of operation, over 206,000 political prisoners, Jews, homosexuals, and other dissidents were imprisoned here with more than 32,000 of them dying. American troops liberated the survivors on April 29, 1945.

You can download a map before your visit. My husband and I chose to have a tour guide for more historical perspective.

dachau tour

The memorial site “includes the camp prison or bunker where torture and executions were carried out; the roll-call area where prisoners were forced to line up morning and evenings to be counted, often having to stand motionless for hours; the maintenance building which once housed the kitchen, workshops, and baths and now serves as the museum; two reconstructed barracks out of 34 which once stood in the camp; the crematorium and gas chambers completed in 1943 but never used; as well as the International Memorial created by Nandor Glid in 1968.”

dachau tour 2


dachau cobblestone

“Arbeit Macht Frei,” or “Work Makes You Free”

dachau gate


dachau panorama


dachau roll coll

smoking is not allowed

dachau tour1




shower area




different kinds of political prisoners


dachau watch tower





dachau memorial


bunkbeds in dachau

dachau latrine

bunk areas


cremation at dachau

old crematorium in dachau

old crematorium in Dachau1


I look at the beautiful green trees and the contrast of this grim reminder of the torture and executions were carried out . 


dachau memorial

never again in dachau

Never Again.

About Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.

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