No homeless persons or asylum applicants are accommodated or staying on the grounds of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

No homeless persons or asylum applicants are accommodated or staying on the grounds of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site.

The area known as the “herb garden” that was once part of the concentration camp is not part of the Memorial Site.

The agricultural land of the “herb garden”, where scores of concentration camp prisoners had to perform arduous forced labor, has been in the possession of the City of Dachau authority since 1957 and from 1980 onwards gradually turned into an industrial zone.

The few historical buildings of the “herb garden” still standing are today owned by the City of Dachau authority. As early as the 1980s the authority established rental apartments and social housing for homeless persons there. Any inquiries you may have concerning the usage of these buildings and the accommodation of homeless persons therefore need to be directed to the City of Dachau (www.dachau.de).

 We at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site naturally support any move which would see the provision of accommodation more suitable to the individual needs of the homeless in Dachau. As far as the usage of the historical buildings on the grounds of the former “herb garden” is concerned, the Memorial Site has put forward a set of proposals. These include the restoration of some buildings, the installation of an exhibition devoted to the history of the “herb garden”, and the setting up of a center for continued education and historical studies (for more detail, see: Gabriele Hammermann/Dirk Riedel (eds.), Sanierung – Rekonstruktion – Neugestaltung. Zum Umgang mit historischen Bauten in Gedenkstätten, Göttingen 2014; http://www.wallstein-verlag.de/9783835314511-sanierung-rekonstruktion-neugestaltung.html).

 

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