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    29 Oct 2015

    Heart Wrenching Color Photos of the Liberation of Dachau

    Confused, exhausted and vulnerable, they may have somehow survived and are about to be free, but these chilling colour photographs show that for victims of the Nazis’ concentration camps there seemed little to celebrate as the Allies arrived.

    The never before seen images show the liberation of Dachau, the first of the thousands of concentration camps that sprang up across Germany after the Nazis swept into power.

    Established in March 1933, just two months after Hitler became Chancellor, Dachau was built to house political prisoners and by the end of the year around 4,800 mainly communists, social democrats and union officials, had been incarcerated there. Over the years that followed, the number of inmates was swelled as other ‘undesirables’, such as homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, gypsies, criminals and of course Jews were sent there.
    Persecuted: These colour photos show the liberation of Dachau. The first of the thousands of concentration camps that sprang up across Germany after the Nazis  rose to power

    Some of the men are in uniform and those that aren’t appear bedraggled and unkempt

    This image shows an exhausted prisoner asleep against a wall. The camps were a vital terror tool wielded by the SS and SA

    ‘Undesirables’: When Hitler was appointed chancellor in 1933 he  quickly incarcerated those he saw as a threat. As his power grew, so did the number of concentration camps

    Dachau would become the prototype for the thousands of concentration camps that sprang up across Germany during the Nazi era. The camp layout and daily routine was widely copied. It was also a training centre for SS concentration camp guards.

    Shock and disbelief: Prisoners are seen milling around the grounds of Dachau after its liberation by American forces on April 29, 1945

    The austere accommodation the prisoners were forced to live in can be seen on the right, while the barbed wire fence can be seen on the left




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