Mourning for Max Mannheimer (1920-2016)

Portrait of Max Mannheimer
© Elija Boßler

On September 23, 2016, Max Mannheimer died at the age of 96. Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site mourns for this man, who like no other put his all into the struggle to keep the memory of the Holocaust from being forgotten, while at the same time acting as a conciliator. Continue ...

Video Messages on Liberation Day

Gedenken am Internationalen Mahnmahl in der KZ-Gedenkstaette Dachau

As part of the 70th anniversary of liberation day, survivors tell of the suffering they had to endure while imprisoned, how they experienced the events surrounding liberation, and give some details of their life afterward in a video message.

www.liberation-dachau.de

Introduction

entrance to the camp "Arbeit macht frei"
Historical picture of the entrance to the prisoners' camp

On March 22, 1933, a few weeks after Adolf Hitler had been appointed Reich Chancellor, a concentration camp for political prisoners was set up in Dachau. This camp served as a model for all later concentration camps and as a "school of violence" for the SS men under whose command it stood. In the twelve years of its existence over 200.000 persons from all over Europe were imprisoned here and in the numerous subsidary camps. 41.500 were murdered. On April 29 1945, American troops liberated the survivors.

Picture of the historical entrance today

The Memorial Site on the grounds of the former concentration camp was established in 1965 on the initiative of and in accordance with the plans of the surviving prisoners who had joined together to form the Comité International de Dachau. The Bavarian state government provided financial support. Between 1996 and 2003 a new exhibition on the history of the Dachau concentration camp was created, following the leitmotif of the "Path of the Prisoners".