This past May, my husband and I packed ourselves and Jude and headed over to Germany to do work on military bases and film for a documentary. While we were there, we had the sobering opportunity to visit Dachau Concentration Camp in Dachau, Germany. Dachau was opened in 1933 as the first Nazi concentration camp.
As I walked through the gates stating “Work will make you free” (a bold lie to all who entered), I felt the weight of the souls that had endured and died there. Dachau is no Auschwitz, but the lives tortured and lost here still need to be remembered. They were brothers, sisters, daughters, sons, mothers, and fathers. They were people, and their lives meant something.
In the “special” barracks for high-profile prisoners, we saw the cell for Pastor Martin Niemoller. He was famous for this statement :
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out…because I was not Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out…because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out…because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me…and there was no one left to speak for me.”
For more info on Dachau, here is a great resource.