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Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site cancels liberation ceremony on 3rd May 2020

Accompanying programme of events has also been cancelled due to the coronavirus

In agreement with the Comité International de Dachau (CID), the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and the Foundation of Bavarian Memorial Sites have decided to cancel the event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp planned for Sunday, May 3, 2020. Serious safety concerns in view of the worldwide spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) were the reason for this decision, which is in line with the recommendations and guidelines of the relevant authorities. Nevertheless, the decision to cancel the event was extremely difficult for all parties involved due to its significance and the importance the event holds for so many people.

The cancellation incorporates not only the commemoration ceremony on May 3rd, a major event which was scheduled to host over 2,000 guests from all over the world, but also the several-day supporting programme for survivors and liberators of the Dachau concentration camp. This accompanying programme of events included various opportunities for encounters, especially between young people, survivors and liberators. All participants were particularly looking forward to this, but it is precisely the elderly contemporary witnesses who are most at risk in terms of health.

The 75th anniversary of the liberation holds a particularly important significance. This was reflected in the survivors, liberators and their families, volunteers, dignitaries, media representatives, the committed and interested members of the public from Germany and abroad, as well as several companies that support the anniversary with generous donations, who all had a stronger desire than ever to make a contribution and be part of this anniversary.

The director of the Dachau Memorial Site, Dr. Gabriele Hammermann, and her team, are currently exploring alternatives for recognising this important anniversary in a way which would not involve any commemorative event on the grounds of the former concentration camp.

Video Messages on Liberation Day

Gedenken am Internationalen Mahnmahl in der KZ-Gedenkstaette Dachau

As part of the 70th anniversary of liberation day, survivors tell of the suffering they had to endure while imprisoned, how they experienced the events surrounding liberation, and give some details of their life afterward in a video message.

www.liberation-dachau.de

Tour Brochure

tl_files/images/aktuelles/besucher_z/Rundgangsbroschuere_englisch_teaser.JPGDachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site published a new brochure titled “Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. A Tour”. It will offer visitors information at twenty stations on the grounds and in the exhibitions, as well as six additional stations in the environs of the Memorial Site. Read more ...

Introduction

entrance to the camp "Arbeit macht frei"
Historical picture of the entrance to the prisoners' camp

On March 22, 1933, a few weeks after Adolf Hitler had been appointed Reich Chancellor, a concentration camp for political prisoners was set up in Dachau. This camp served as a model for all later concentration camps and as a "school of violence" for the SS men under whose command it stood. In the twelve years of its existence over 200.000 persons from all over Europe were imprisoned here and in the numerous subsidary camps. 41.500 were murdered. On April 29 1945, American troops liberated the survivors.

Picture of the historical entrance today

The Memorial Site on the grounds of the former concentration camp was established in 1965 on the initiative of and in accordance with the plans of the surviving prisoners who had joined together to form the Comité International de Dachau. The Bavarian state government provided financial support. Between 1996 and 2003 a new exhibition on the history of the Dachau concentration camp was created, following the leitmotif of the "Path of the Prisoners".