Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
Horrors of Dachau prison camp, pp. 92-93 PDF (464.3 KB)
quarters for assignment of rooms and were told that sleeping accommodations were very scarce in Munich, all of the hotels having been demolished. We were assigned rooms at one of the few remaining hotels-adjacent to the railroad station. It had been badly hit but had been repaired and was habitable. The busi- ness section is devastated, the once stately cathedrals and the treasured buildings were all wrecked by our aerial bombs. After a good dinner at the hotel's Army mess, we walked about the city, inspecting the destruction. The lovely Frauen Cathedral was gutted by fire. The railroad station was a shambles. Here we saw discharged German soldiers returning home in freight cars. Many D.P.s sitting among the wreckage and rubble of the railroad station ate their supper of black bread. Horrors of Dachau Prison Camp Wednesday, August 15 Visited Dachau, one of the infamous Nazi concentration camps, 8 miles from Munich. Enroute we saw hordes of prisoners of war in camouflaged suits clearing up rubble. The prisoners, being Hungarians, wear a different uniform. We were met at the gates of the Dachau prison camp by the officer in charge, who furnished us with a guide. We saw here some 8,000 SS troops behind heavily charged electrical wire. The camp was built for 8,500 prisoners, and the Germans had as many as 32,000 prisoners at all times in this camp during the war. The prisoners were required to work 15 hours a day, their food being breakfast: black coffee; lunch: a plate of potato soup (two pota- toes); dinner: 25 grams of sausage. The English-speaking Polish guard told us that when the Americans came he weighed 78 pounds. Now he weighs 150. 92
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