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Half-Day Dachau Concentration Camp and Memorial Walking Tour with a Local Guide from Munich by Train

Price USD$27.39


Half-Day Dachau Concentration Camp and Memorial Walking Tour with a Local Guide from Munich by Train
In 1919, Germany was emerging from World War I as a defeated and humiliated nation, with Munich in the grips of hyperinflation and Bavaria dominated by revolution and assassination. Out of this fertile soil of chaos rose the Nazi movement and one of history?s most powerful dictators, Adolf Hitler. Explore the dark side of Munich?s history as the birth place of Nazism. Follow the growth of the movement from its first mass meeting at the Hofbräuhaus, to its failed attempt to seize power at the Feldherrnhalle. Witness the site of mass party rallies at Königsplatz and stop in the Hofgarten to talk about The White Rose resistance movement. The tour covers all important facts and sites that played a role in the origin of this dark chapter, that ended with the beautiful city of Munich in ruins

HISTORY
Dachau is a town 20 km north west of Munich, and is the second biggest city with 42,000 residents on its outskirts. In May 1913 a man called Adolf Hitler arrived in the Bavarian capital with all his belongings in a single suitcase. In the following months he made a living
selling self-painted postcards to tourists. After he had served as a volunteer in the German army during World War I from
1914?1918, he joined the German Workers? Party, a small right wing group, in September 1919. A short time later he took over the leadership of the Party and the name was changed to The National Socialist German Workers Party. After a violent failed attempt to seize power in November 1923, he finally became Chancellor of the German Reich in January 1933, and subsequently one of the most powerful dictators in history.

THE CONCENTRATION CAMP
Less than 2 months later, the concentration camp near Dachau was opened. This camp turned out to be the beginning of a system that spread out into many other parts of Europe over the next 12 years; a system used by the Nazis through the tyrannical methods of the SS to torture and murder millions of innocent people. It was also the training centre for the SS, where recruits were indoctrinated into a system which encouraged the torture, humiliation and killing of prisoners. Every prisoner sent to Dachau was forced to give up his
freedom, his rights and his human dignity. In 1965 a memorial was set up to remember those who were forced to suffer the atrocities committed by the SS and their accomplices.

THE MEMORIAL TOUR
On this tour, you\'ll be escorted to the site by public transport. Your fully trained guide will take you around all areas of the memorial site, giving you an insight into the suffering of the prisoners and relating the story of the concentration camp system to historical developments during the time of the National Socialist regime. The guide will walk you through the cells, barracks and gas chamber, and explain the meaning behind the pictures and exhibits in the museum with thought-provoking accounts of prisoners? own experiences, from the setting up of the camp until their liberation by US-forces in 1945. There is a 22 minute documentary film in English, although please note that this is deemed unsuitable for children under 12 years of age.

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In 1919, Germany was emerging from World War I as a defeated and humiliated nation, with Munich in the grips of hyperinflation and Bavaria dominated by revolution and assassination. Out of this fertile soil of chaos rose the Nazi movement and one of history?s most powerful dictators, Adolf Hitler. Explore the dark side of Munich?s history as the birth place of Nazism. Follow the growth of the movement from its first mass meeting at the Hofbräuhaus, to its failed attempt to seize power at the Feldherrnhalle. Witness the site of mass party rallies at Königsplatz and stop in the Hofgarten to talk about The White Rose resistance movement. The tour covers all important facts and sites that played a role in the origin of this dark chapter, that ended with the beautiful city of Munich in ruins