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Another example of why knowledge of the Holocaust was far more widespread than most Germans were willing to admit.
That house in the background is beautiful.
Still blows my mind just how powerful one guy became and killed the amount of people he did. Sad. What’s even more sad is the people in this photo knew what they walking to. Smh.
Dachau is a powerful place to visit. It is just north of Munich and one of the few camps in Germany. It was a miserable place that housed people well into the 50s because they no longer had a home or didn’t know who they were.
My grandmother, who was born/raised in Trier, said she saw similar sights as a child. She said they’d march the Jews through the streets in the middle of winter with little to no clothing on through the town and people sort of just watched.
It was always so weird to hear her stories because was absolutely raised with Nazi ideals that never left until the day she died. She could tell you this incredibly empathetic tail of watching the shivering, broken, hopeless people being marched to who knows where then she’d turn right around and blast the Jews for overblowing the whole thing and controlling the media.
Even weirder was the fact that my great uncle was apparently an S.S. Officer and was on the Eastern front. She had pictures of him standing next to bodies, looking proud and quite pleased with himself. She would start telling stories, but they were completely whitewashed. One particular photo of him had him standing with a foot on top of some bodies a la Captain Morgan style and she would start to get nostalgic about how good he looked in the uniform and how all the other men looked dashing and suave in their uniforms, while seemingly oblivious to the fact that he wasn’t standing on soldiers, but civilians. She always had that twinkle in her eye like she was remembering the best time of her life when talking about this period in time. Which was weird because she did go through some shit like extended periods without food, water, shelter, the uncertainty of invasion by allied forces, etc.
What a terrible history. All those people, young, old, they probably hoped till the end, human nature. We cannot forget and allow this kind of atrocity to happen again.