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The Roll Call Ground

Here, the prisoners of the Concentration Camp were gathered to receive orders every morning and evening, regardless of the weather. They were forced to stand motionless for about an hour. Sometimes even the dead had to be dragged to the roll call ground.

Memorial Plaque Dachau

Today, the former Roll Call Ground features several memorial plaques. This one is made of four languages (French, English, German, and Russian). It says: "May the example of those who were exterminated here between 1933 - 1945 because they resisted Nazism help to unite the living for the defense of peace and freedom in respect for their fellow men."

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

View across the former Roll Call Ground with the long Wirtschaftsgebäude that contains the camp's exhibition. In front of the house you see the international memorial, initiated on 8th September 1968 as a reminder of the suffering and dying of prisoners in Dachau. The memorial, made by Yougoslav sculptor Glid Nandor, is about 330 ft long and 160 ft wide. A zigzag path leads downwards between two concrete walls. From below you have an excellent view on the bronze sculpture of intertwined skeletons (52 ft long and 20 ft high), symbolizing the passion of prisoners until their death. On my photo a class was guided through the monument.

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Plate

At its eastern side the monument carries an inscription, again in French, English, German, and Russian: the words "never again". In front of the monument is an urn with the ashes of an unknown political prisoner, deposited in a block of granite.

Dachau Concentration Camp Monument

Here, young visitors to the Concentration Camp Monument are taking souvenir photos. I just wonder, what will they think when they review the photos?

Dachau 1933-1945

A detail from the Dachau monument, the simple line mentioning the period of terror: 1933-1945.

Dachau Concentration Camp Monument

View from inside the Dachau monument, which allows you to get on ground level with the rest of the camp, offerign a unique perspective on the other visitors. Here, several classes were exploring the camp (and taking souvenir photos, again).

Dachau Intertwined Skeletons Detail

A detailed view of the Intertwined Skeleton Sculpture, seemingly overtowering the alley leading to the catholic prayer area, and a class standing in the middle of the Roll Call Ground.

Dachau Intertwined Skeletons Monument

A frontal view of the Intertwined Skeleton Sculpture, with the Wirtschaftsgebäude in the back. It looks at first like a barbed wire fence, and only on closer inspection the brutal reality is getting clear. A masterpiece.

Dachau Intertwined Skeletons Reflection

The Intertwined Skeleton Sculpture reflects in a window of the Wirtschaftsgebäude that contains the camp's exhibition today.

Dachau Roll Call Ground

View across the Roll Call Ground on the reconstructed barracks, with a group of young people sitting on the steps of the building, looking rather lonely.

Dachau Roll Call Ground

Six girls sit on the western side of the Concentration Camp monument. One of the guides told me that I was "lucky to visit the site on such a cloudy day. On hot summer days, we have a hard time getting the young people from the monument. Some of them just do not understand that this is the wrong location to take a sun bath." Such lack of respect can hardly be explained, and I imagine that the teachers might not have done enough to prepare the trip.

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