WWII and the way it shaped the western world has only been read about and watched in movies by people like us, who live on the other side of the world. A trip to Dachau added a whole new dimension to that knowledge and world view.
The trip was conducted by Radius tours and Bike rentals at Munich. Our guide Kevin, was perhaps the best person to conduct this tour, as he helped our group ( mostly non europeans) to feel the horror and human disaster that Dachau was,with dignity, perspective and poignancy.We went through the gates , the vast roll call ground, the living quarters, the prison barracks, and then the gas chambers and cremetoriums. There is also a gallery that captures the lives ( or dwindling of it?) of those who were brought here.
It is very important to have a good guide and a good tour organiser to go thorugh these tours, specially if one is not a native of the region. One would never understand the context otherwise
Dachau is a must see, for children too, though somber, it will help them understand what the world went through, what shapes people's lives and choices and how important it is to value the joy of Freedom and peace.
This trip in a way made us cherish our present and value our future, because it reminded us how the past was so horrific
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