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ROTHENBURG - 750 years old in 2024

City of Rothenburg website

Link to Marktplatz Webcam - always on (including during the concerts)

Click here for the 2024/2025 Rothenburg City Brochure (neat!)

Interested in a Medieval Musical Tour of Rothenburg? Click for details.

Rothenburg Christmas Museum

Medieval Crime Museum

Awesome 360º Views of Rothenburg

The available public tours (especially the Night Watchman!)



DACHAU


Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial - Website


Visiting Dachau is not merely a journey to a physical place; it's a profound immersion into history's darkest chapters. Amid the serene Bavarian landscape, Dachau stands as a somber reminder of humanity's capacity for both cruelty and resilience. As you step through its gates, be transported back to a time when the world was engulfed in the horrors of totalitarianism and persecution. Notice the words on the wrought-iron gate: Arbeit macht frei work will make you free. Nazi propaganda described the camps as "labor and re-education camps." While this was their original purpose, that soon changed to using forced labor as a method of torture and murder.

Dachau is infamous as the site of the first and longest-operating concentration camp established by the Nazi regime. Founded by the SS in 1933, shortly after Adolf Hitler came to power, Dachau served as a prototype for many subsequent camps and became a symbol of terror and oppression during World War II. The camp was initially intended for political prisoners of the Party: Communists, Social Democrats, trade unionists, Catholic priests, and other dissidents. It later held individuals deemed undesirable by the Nazi ideology, such as Jews, Roma, homosexuals, and Jehovah's Witnesses. As the German military occupied other European nations, citizens from across Europe who resisted German occupation were sent to camps, along with prisoners of war from the Soviet Union and the United States.

Liberated by Allied forces in 1945, Dachau became a potent symbol of the Holocaust's horrors and a focal point for remembrance and education. Today, the site serves as a memorial and museum, offering visitors a sobering glimpse into the atrocities committed within its walls.

If our schedule permits, see the documentary film in the auditorium located in the former maintenance building. The English version is shown at 10:15 and 11:45 AM. In that same building you can see a wide array of exhibits about the camp and what happened there.

Look at the sculpture out front that at first looks like tangled barbed wire; look closer. 

Walk the grounds. 

Visit the Jewish, Catholic, Russian Orthodox and Protestant religious memorials at the end of the grounds opposite the museum. 

Notice the Carmelite Convent just beyond the Catholic memorial.

Why do we visit Dachau?

Dachau humanizes the reality of the victims of the Holocaust, forcing us to confront the suffering endured by prisoners and encouraging us to reflect on the importance of tolerance and understanding in our own lives. We emerge from visiting Dachau with a heightened awareness of history's lessons and a renewed commitment to building a more just and inclusive world.

 Dachau bears witness to the resilience of the human spirit amidst unimaginable adversity and emphasizes the importance of vigilance against intolerance and injustice. Dachau serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of standing up against oppression and discrimination wherever it occurs.