Dachau Memorial Tour
Soon after Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, the SS concentration camp system was established in Germany. Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, chose the medieval town of Dachau to be the site of the first camp.
Situated just to the north-west of Munich, this first camp became the model for all camps set up throughout the so called Third Reich. In the SS commanders school based in Dachau, the SS leaders created a systematic bureaucracy which was designed not only to torture and humiliate without morals, but also to kill with the best possible efficiency. In the pre-war years and beyond, the SS also used the camp as a public relations site so they could present what they deemed to be a "clean camp" image. In its 12 years, over 200,000 innocent people passed through the camp gates where the slogan "arbeit macht frei" (work sets you free) was a harsh reminder of the injustice they were facing.
20 years after the camp was liberated by the Allied Forces, the survivors, who come from a multitude of backgrounds, set up the Dachau Memorial Site with the motto "to honour the dead and to warn the living". Now in its third generation, this memorial site has become world renowned for its professional teaching and is proud to welcome annually over one million guests.
On this officially authorized tour of Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, we will approach this dark period of history and try to understand what led to this terrible injustice.
Our guides are all professionals who have completed the memorial school program in Dachau and we take pride in being one of the only companies totally dedicated to this subject.
- daily tours at 10:15 a.m.
- offically authorized tour
- tour guides are all native english speakers