Dachau Concentration Camp, Germany

Recollections of the 51st Evacuation Hospital in World War II

by E. T. Rulison, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.

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Dachau Concentration Camp, Germany: April 30, 1945
WARNING: This page contains graphic images of war and death.

The day after Dachau concentration camp was liberated, Chaplin Godfrey, one of my tentmates, was ordered to visit the camp.


Art Wallace and I were off duty and were allowed to accompany him to view one of the greatest atrocities committed by the Nazi regime.


We traveled up the Autobahn, through the wreckage of Ulm, to the Dachau off-ramp ...
... and found a sign directing us either to the S.S. barracks or the concentration camp.


The Dachau camp consisted of a row of apartments for employees and the 200 S.S. guards along the entrance road, with a factory area behind these large buildings. In the center of the camp, surrounded by a moat and high electrified fence, were barracks for the 32,000 prisoners.

Although the German guards were lying dead in the streets, the surviving prisoners were still confined to their compound because of a typhus epidemic.

The most gruesome scenes in the camp were the gas chambers and cremating ovens.

Storage bins for bodies awaiting cremation were all filled, so the overflow had simply been piled up outside.


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