New concept for the folders of reading materials

LesemappenThe reports and pictorial documents in the folders are ideal for individual visitors, in particular, who want to get a better idea of specific exhibits in the exhibition. Arranged on lecterns, they make use of reports by the inmates themselves and other source documents to give their readers insights into the world of the former camp and the later history of Dachau concentration camp. In the course of revising the folders, their content was brought up to the latest state of research. Comments and references, along with the easily comprehensible graphic concept, invite the reader to go deeper into the material. The folders are assigned to the appropriate divisions of the exhibition and treat the following topics:

The system of reading folders in individual divisions of the permanent exhibition “Dachau Concentration Camp, 1933 to 1945”


Division 3: The Beginnings of the Dachau Concentration Camp, 1933
Coverage of Dachau concentration camp
Inspections as a stage for propaganda

Division 4:  Prisoners in the Dachau Concentration Camp, 1933–1939
Preventive detention provision
Arrivals of new inmates 1937–1938

Division 5: The Dachau Concentration Camp under SS Command
Disciplinary and punishment regulations
Schedule of duties for the SS and prisoner functionaries on duty
SS training
Photographs of the SS area at Dachau concentration camp

Division 6: Living Conditions in the Camp, 1933–1939
Reports of life in the camp

Division 7:  The Dachau Concentration Camp during the Period of Germany’s Military Conquests, 1939–1942“
Radicalization of the concentration camp system
Vacating of the prison camp, September 1939 to February 1940
Work and extermination
Harassment in the barracks
Disease and nursing
New groups of prisoners
Work crews
Expansion of the concentration camp system
SS plans for after the “final victory”
Murder of inmates

Division 8: The Dachau Concentration Camp, 1942 to 1945
Progression of the war and changes in the concentration camp system, 1942–43
Work, life, and death
Prisoner functionaries
SS and guard personnel

Division 11: Human Experiments, Murder, and Resistance
Murder of prisoners unable to work
Dachau concentration camp as execution site of Soviet prisoners of war
Prisoner transports
Solidarity and resistance

Division 12: The Last Months and Liberation
Collapse of the concentration camp system
Dachau in the final phase

Division 13: History after 1945
Between liberation and returning home
Dachau Trials
Dachau Internment Camp, 1945–1948
Testimony: forms of remembrance

Exhibition in the former camp prison (“Bunker”):
Fate of inmates in the “Bunker” (biographies)
Reports of inmates regarding the “Bunker”
Documents on the “Bunker”
Pictorial material on the “Bunker”
Special inmates (biographies, documents, reports)

Photos: © KZ-Gedenkstätte Dachau