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Subject: Holocaust Almanac: The Liberation of Dachau
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Abram Sachar provides the following account of the liberation of Dachau..
most of the German staff have fled, leaving the prisoners and a few SS men
to fend for themselves. Holocaust-deniers would have you believe that
scenes like the one described here simply didn't happen - an assertion so
offensive and insulting on its face as to be discarded without

"On the last Sunday of April 1945, the first Allied soldier, an American
scout of Polish descent, came through the gate of the main Dachau camp. The
few Nazis in the tower watched apprehensively. They were no longer there as
guards; they had been ordered to stay on merely to complete the formalities
of surrender. The upper ranks had already fled, to blend in among the
German civilian population. The young American's first impression, later
detailed in an interview, was one of `glaring chaos,' thousands of ragged
skeletons, in the yard, in the trees, waving little rags, climbing over one
another, hysterical, completely out of control. <7> The scout went back for
support and returned with a small detatchment. The flags of many Allied
nations had suddenly appeared. Apparently the prisoners had been secretly
piecing them together over the months, from tatters and patches and strips
of cloth. One prisoner, a Polish priest, exuberantly kissed an officer,
learning later to his glee that she was Marguerite Higgins, of the New York
`Herald Tribune,' the first American war correspondent to report on Dachau.
A military chaplain came forward and asked that all who could do so join
him in a prayer of thanksgiving. ...

Soon the advance scouts were joined by other Allied soldiers and one of the
German guards came forward to surrender with what he believed would be the
usual military protocol. He emerged in full regalia, wearing all his
decorations. He had only recently been billeted to Dachau from the Russian
front. He saluted and barked `Heil Hitler.' An American officer looked down
and around at mounds of rotting corpses, at thousands of prisoners shrouded
in their own filth. He hesitated only a moment, then spat in the Nazi's
face, snapping `Schweinehund,' before ordering him taken away. Moments
later a shot rang out and the American officer was informed that there was
no further need for protocol.

Some of the Nazis were rounded up and summarily executed along with the
guard dogs. Two of the most notorious prison guards had been stripped naked
before the Americans arrived to prevent them from slipping away unnoticed.
They, too, were cut down. General Eisenhower sent a laconic communique from
headquarters: `Our forces liberated and mopped up the infamous
concentration camp at Dachau. Approximately 32,000 prisoners were
liberated; 300 SS camp guards were quickly neutralized.'

During the next few days as the burials went forward, the sick and the
dying were transferred to hospital facilities, makeshift as they had to be,
and food was carefully distributed. `Prescribed' might be the better word,
for the starving had to adjust their food intake with medical discipline.
Only then did the American command turn to review the files that the
Germans, with characteristic meticulousness, had maintained. The full
record of the pseudo-medical experimentations came to light. Prisoners had
been used as laboratory animals, without the humane restrictions placed on
vivisection. Hannah Arendt suggested that `the camp was itself a vast
laboratory in which the Nazis proved that there is no limit to human
depravity.' For it was remembered that these experiments were not planned
or conducted by identifiable psychopaths. They were performed or supervised
by professional scientists, trained in what had been once considered
peerless universities and medical schools. Reverend Franklin Littell called
them `technically competent barbarians.' Indeed the procedures had the full
approval and cooperation of Berlin's Institute of Hygiene." (Sachar, 8-10)

<7> Gun, Nerin E. "The Day of the Americans," pps. 63, 162.
    (New York: Fleet Publishing, 1956)

                             Work Cited

Sachar, Abram L. The Redemption of the Unwanted. New York: St.
Martin's/Marek, 1983

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