Dachau Concentration Camp — Munich, Germany
The history topic that I find most intriguing has always been World War II. This is partly what drew me to join a psychology (and briefly history) program in college. The psychology major in me has to wonder how so many people could follow along with mass genocide. How did people think it was okay to take hundreds of people at a time who were healthy, contributing, everyday people, pack them into a room and gas them to death? Why? Because they have dark hair or a skin tone that is not desirable? Because they are Jewish? Because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time?
I remember reading books such as Night and The Diary of Anne Frank in school about the people and events of the concentration camps and feeling so humbled. The capacity that humans have to do harm is frightening. This hit even closer to home when I found out that I had a not so distant Slovenian relative who died in one of these camps.
I recently went to Munich, Germany where one of these concentration camps is located. As I previously said, I’m not good with death. Instead of sharing my words this time, I’m going to share some pictures I took at Dachau Concentration Camp near Munich. Yes, this is a hard topic to swallow and understand but I think it’s important we learn about this to help push our futures away from the brutality of these days.
In Bavaria (a southern portion of Germany) students are required to tour Dachau before they are allowed to graduate. Maybe understanding what happened should be a requirement for all citizens of the world.
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