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The First Concentration Camp (Dachau)

Updated on January 31, 2010

Dachau The First Concentration Camp

The First Concentration Camp in Nazi Germany was Dachau, it opened in 1933 among the first inmates to arive here where Jehovas Witnesses, Homosexuals, Jews, Gypsies, Mental and Disabled people as well as other despised people by the nazis. The gas chambers were built in 1942 at the same time as Auschwitz built theirs but Dachaus gas chambers were never used.

In 1938 krystallnacht happened in germany and austria or as you would know it as the night of broken glass, many of the jewish prisoners who were arrested by the ss were deported to Dachau.

Medical Experiments were performed on inmates such as

High-altitude experiments,

Freezing experiments,

Malaria experiments

Tuberculosis experiments

Drinkable seawater experiments

Famous prisoners in the camp were

Pastor Martin Niemöller

Miklos Kallay

Dr. Hjalmar Schacht

Bruno Bettelheim

Kurt von Schuschnigg

It was liberated by the Americans in 1945 so for 12 years this camp was in operation.


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      Callum 8 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      My fathers family were from holland a place called Arnheim my great uncle was executed by the gestapo for hiding jews in the windmill and his wife my great aunt before she died told me about how she survived Belsen.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I believe that Hitler was a disciple of Satan his cruel and inhumane ways cause so much pain and suffering. I hope his soul is unsettled for each life he took and destroyed. A friend of mine's mother is 83 and she lived in England during the bombings in WWII she was a little girl and she was Jewish. Her mother and father's family were in Poland and did not survive the concentration camps! She still tells the story just like it was yesterday.:(