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View of the Crematorium from the Showers at Dachau

This photograph is particularly important to me because of where it was taken. As I toured the Dachau Concentration Camp in Munich, Germany I suddenly, and with a sense of dread, found myself standing in the threshold of the "shower room" or "bathhouse" where many innocent people were killed. It was smaller than I would have expected, and to one side of it, set into the wall, were two open vents where the poisonous gas used to be pumped through. I had seen these vents from the outside but it was nothing compared to the feelings that came over me as I stepped up to them and looked at them as through the eyes of one of the many who had lost their lives there. For through these vents, I had a direct view of the crematorium, surrounded in green, where the bodies who died in this room would next be brought. A dark foreshadowing of what was to come.

TAGS: Camp, Germany, Holocaust, Shower

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© Cyrena Musset.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 05.2014
Filed Under: Travel
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Date Uploaded: Oct. 28, 2014, 10:38 p.m.
Camera Make: Panasonic
Camera Model: DMC-ZS3
Focal Length: 5.3mm
Shutter Speed: 1/30
Aperture: f3.5
ISO: ISO125
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PHOTO LOCATION Munich , Germany