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A horrible place with a dark past

Updated on June 21, 2015

It's a very horrible place with an even darker past, and it's a place on this earth like no other. The gates forever hold the hatred and horrors of a time gone mad in this world that we live in. Dachau was one of many Nazi concentration camps with the sole purpose of the extermination of fellow human beings. I was personally there just thirty years after the camp was liberated by the allies, and all of the photographs in this hub I personally took at that time. I debated for a long time on if I should do this hub, and I finally decided to go ahead with it. Those that are responsible for what transpired at Dachau, and so many other camps like it have most likely already answered for what they have done. Sure there are those that probably squeezed through the cracks and escaped man-made justice, but if it hasn't happened already when their judgment day comes they will answer to a much higher power for what they have done.

Dachau unfortunately was in operation from 1933 to 1945, and I'm not about to post any of the terrible statistics here on this hub. But it's in this writer's opinion that what happened to just one person there, much less the masses, was totally unacceptable in the eyes of all of man kind. Hopefully the lessons from what happened at Dachau, and what was learned there will never be forgotten. However some of the reporting from wars since world war two have shown that was not to be quite true, and a different story all together. It's hard to imagine that not to far away from Dachau, nestled in the German Alps was a place called the Eagles Nest. That's where the Nazi leadership vacationed without a worry in the world about what was happening around them.

I discovered many years latter of what I know now about Dachau. In a confined area of that size, there's no way so many people could have perished without leaving some kind of presence behind. When I exited through those gates of Dachau something has always stayed inside of me to this day, which is why I wanted to write this hub. Someone just the other day in a totally unrelated conversation mentioned the word "poor soles" to me, and immediately my mind drifted back to all of those who never made it out of the gates of Dachau. There's not a whole lot I can tell you about this horrible place that you don't already know, so this hub is merely just a collection of my thoughts. But there is something that I heard a while back that I would like to share with you, before I go. That is that inside the fenced compound of Dachau, no flowers grow on the ground and you'll never hear any birds singing. Thinking back this all is so very true. I don't remember anything growing on the ground at Dachau, and I know I never saw a bird, much less heard one single bird sing.

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      Chris Mills 

      6 years ago from Traverse City, MI

      Thank you for sharing from you heart about such a horrific place. A friend directed me your way after reading one of my hubs. I'm glad they did.

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      Beautiful thoughts on Dachau and beautiful photos. I have visited Dachau and I wrote a hub on it also. I think the world needs to be reminded of man's inhumanity to man so I think you were so right in writing this beautiful hub. I never stopped to observe or realize, no flowers do grow there and no birds sing there either. You brought back my memories of visiting there and you are so right about that. What a wonderful observation you have made. Thank you for sharing your visit there and your observations with us. Much needed!

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      SAM ELDER 

      8 years ago from Home

      This article is a reminder of crime against humanity.

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      8 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Thank you for reminding us how small our routine complaints truly are. Your images evoke emotions as I drank in all your language here. Chilling. No perfect adjective to describe unbearable pain. Thumbs up and sharing.

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      Justin W Price 

      8 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Nice pictures. how haunting. Have you seen this film?

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      9 years ago from Kansas

      Compelling Hub.. nice job. Horrible part of our history.

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      9 years ago

      Truly a place of grim history. Thanks for sharing Goody7.

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      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Heartfelt and thoughtful story. It's just so scary and chilling to look at the pictures and read about it, horrible history of humankind. 'Lest we forget'

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      Jim Higgins 

      9 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      An excellent reminder of the evil that men can do in the name of patriotism and the grasp for power.

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      Graham Lee 

      9 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Goody7. 'Lest We Forget' Thank you.


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      9 years ago from New York City, NY

      Goody7, you very eloquently put into words what many feel about the evil and horror of Dachau and other places of suffering and death like it.

      May the memory of the suffering endured there stop us in these modern times from perpetuating that same story. We pray that our governments will be wise and kind to the vanquished in our perpetual wars.

      Voted up and beautiful. And I'm following you.

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      9 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      That no birds sing and no flowers grow, brings on overwhelming thoughts.

      This is too horrendous and heart breaking for me to say more

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      James W. Nelson 

      9 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Wow, great hub, Goody7. What you said about no flowers or birds caused a huge rumble of goosepimples down my back, but I do believe that Mother Nature would know.

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      9 years ago from USA

      Good to know about this. Thanks for sharing goody...

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      Parks McCants 

      9 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      I have cell memory that is jolted by the immages shared here. Cooper.Gettiman.Kaufman. Gone!

      We can't afford to forget...

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      9 years ago

      Goody7, What an elegant, eloquent, enduring tribute to those who experienced the horrors of Dachau! It's because of elegies such as yours that the world remembers and will not forget. Birds don't sing, and flowers don't grow, but the spirits of those who were there persist. Nature is letting us know that this place is distinct, not for good reasons in terms of its purpose. But the place must stand out so that those who were there do not suffer or die in vain. We know, we remember, we care.

      Thank you for sharing, voted up + all (but funny),


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      9 years ago

      Very horrible history about dachau goody7.The is quite matching with your hub.These places atleast should give some lesson to modern politician that leave all hatred,arm race and move toward peace.Interesting and voting up.

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      9 years ago from Down under

      Lest we forget.

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      9 years ago

      goody7, One spiritual view of this earthly existence is that this planet is a patchwork of sacred and profane spaces. Whatever the land on which Dachau concentration camp is located was before it was converted from an abandoned munitions factory into the first Nazi concentration camp is unknown, perhaps forever unknowable. What is known is that the place is now profane, so profane that, as you point out, nothing grows or lives there.

      These two sentences you wrote are compelling and haunting: "In a confined area of that size, there's no way so many people could have perished without leaving some kind of presence behind. When I exited through those gates of Dachau something has always stayed inside of me to this day. . ."

      Dachau and all places like it are sad, mute testaments to the dark side of the human mind.

      Thank you for sharing your personal experience with this haunting reminder "of a time gone mad in this world."


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