Race Towards Life: The 42 nd  Infantry Division Liberation of Dachau April 29 th , 1945
 
Rainbow March Across Europe <ul><li>Winter-Spring, 1945 </li></ul><ul><li>Rainbow Infantry Regiments defeat the final Germ...
Through Hagenau and Hatten
 
The Final Solution
 
&quot;Rheinhardt has died tonight. I wanted to see him again, greet him one last time, and so I went looking for him, as h...
Race to Dachau <ul><li>“ Three Dachaus,” one the city, another an SS barracks and the Concentration Camp </li></ul><ul><li...
 
 
Approaching the Death Camp
BG Linden’s Security Detail
Concentration Camp at Dachau 157 th  Inf Regt 222 nd  Inf Regt SS Compound Jourhaus Gate Crematorium Concentration Camp
The Unexpected Dachau
 
The Death Train
<ul><li>Forty rail cars, estimated with 5,000 Jewish inmates </li></ul><ul><li>Left Buchenwald on April 7  </li></ul><ul><...
The Death Train
The Death Train
 
The Death Train
<ul><li>&quot;Dachau, 1933-1945, will stand for all time as one of history's most gruesome symbols of inhumanity. There ou...
The Death Train Survivor
Frei?  Frei?
SS Barracks Entrance
The Jourhaus Gate
Surrender of Dachau
Surrender of Dachau
The Jourhaus Gate
The Jourhaus Gate
Surrender of Dachau
Surrender of Dachau
Surrender of Dachau
 
Liberators
Surrender of Dachau
Fate of LT Wicker
The Camp Crematorium
 
The Camp Crematorium <ul><li>By early 1945, lack of fuel for the crematorium put them out of use. Bodies were piled nearby...
The Gas Chamber
Medical Experiments
Hour of the Avenger
Hour of the Avenger
Hour of the Avenger
&quot;The day is over, this April 29, 1945.  I will celebrate it for the rest of my life as my second birthday, as the day...
 
 
Aftermath
Reckoning
 
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Race towards Life: The liberation of Dachau, April 29, 1945

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Imagery and a narrative of the liberation of the 33,000 prisoners of Concentration Camp Dachau in 1945 by Soldiers of the U.S. Army's 42nd and 45th Infantry Divisions.

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  • My father served in the Rainbow Division during WWII. I just emailed him a copy of this presentation. He is in a photo (#10 I believe), in the middle of the group in back of the jeep. I recognized the photo - I have a copy. My brother and I have been asking my dad so many questions about his service, and this is really a great overview for us. Thank you! My dad has talked about the railcars at Dachau. He has also cited Gen. Eisenhower's wisdom in requiring the local citizens to come to the concentration camp to bear witness to what horrors had occurred there.
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Race towards Life: The liberation of Dachau, April 29, 1945

  1. 1. Race Towards Life: The 42 nd Infantry Division Liberation of Dachau April 29 th , 1945
  2. 3. Rainbow March Across Europe <ul><li>Winter-Spring, 1945 </li></ul><ul><li>Rainbow Infantry Regiments defeat the final German Counter-offensive in January, Operation Nordwind, the “Southern Battle of the Bulge” </li></ul><ul><li>Division reenters the line on February 14 th , 1945 </li></ul><ul><li>Across the Rhine and capture of Wurzburg, Schweinfurt & Nurnburg </li></ul><ul><li>A race towards Munich </li></ul>
  3. 4. Through Hagenau and Hatten
  4. 6. The Final Solution
  5. 8. &quot;Rheinhardt has died tonight. I wanted to see him again, greet him one last time, and so I went looking for him, as he lay on the road in front of the death chamber - amongst the other one hundred and fifty dead of last night. He was barely recognizable; his face was swollen and contorted in desperation. His death is not only for us, his friends, a very hard blow and painful loss, […] And perhaps the worst thing in the face of this death, the death of all our friends, is: we do not even have the time … to mourn them&quot; Nico Rost: Goethe in Dachau
  6. 9. Race to Dachau <ul><li>“ Three Dachaus,” one the city, another an SS barracks and the Concentration Camp </li></ul><ul><li>Few US Soldiers aware of what is in store </li></ul><ul><li>The 42 nd Infantry, 45 th Infantry and 20 th Armored Divisions head towards Dachau </li></ul>
  7. 12. Approaching the Death Camp
  8. 13. BG Linden’s Security Detail
  9. 14. Concentration Camp at Dachau 157 th Inf Regt 222 nd Inf Regt SS Compound Jourhaus Gate Crematorium Concentration Camp
  10. 15. The Unexpected Dachau
  11. 17. The Death Train
  12. 18. <ul><li>Forty rail cars, estimated with 5,000 Jewish inmates </li></ul><ul><li>Left Buchenwald on April 7 </li></ul><ul><li>More than 2,000 died enroute </li></ul><ul><li>Arrived April 28 </li></ul><ul><li>2,310 more left to die on the cars </li></ul>
  13. 19. The Death Train
  14. 20. The Death Train
  15. 22. The Death Train
  16. 23. <ul><li>&quot;Dachau, 1933-1945, will stand for all time as one of history's most gruesome symbols of inhumanity. There our troops found sights, sounds, and stenches horrible beyond belief, cruelties so enormous as to be incomprehensible to the normal mind. </li></ul><ul><li>Dachau and death were synonymous.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>-- Col. William W. Quinn, 7th U.S. ARMY </li></ul>
  17. 24. The Death Train Survivor
  18. 25. Frei? Frei?
  19. 26. SS Barracks Entrance
  20. 27. The Jourhaus Gate
  21. 28. Surrender of Dachau
  22. 29. Surrender of Dachau
  23. 30. The Jourhaus Gate
  24. 31. The Jourhaus Gate
  25. 32. Surrender of Dachau
  26. 33. Surrender of Dachau
  27. 34. Surrender of Dachau
  28. 36. Liberators
  29. 37. Surrender of Dachau
  30. 38. Fate of LT Wicker
  31. 39. The Camp Crematorium
  32. 41. The Camp Crematorium <ul><li>By early 1945, lack of fuel for the crematorium put them out of use. Bodies were piled nearby in the woodline </li></ul>
  33. 42. The Gas Chamber
  34. 43. Medical Experiments
  35. 44. Hour of the Avenger
  36. 45. Hour of the Avenger
  37. 46. Hour of the Avenger
  38. 47. &quot;The day is over, this April 29, 1945. I will celebrate it for the rest of my life as my second birthday, as the day that gifted me life anew.&quot; -- Edgar Kupfer-Koberwitz, Dachau Prisoner, S.499
  39. 50. Aftermath
  40. 51. Reckoning

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