Hidden Away For Seven Decades: The Identification And Interment Of Ashes From The Dachau Concentration Camp
The first Nazi concentration camp opened in Dachau, Germany in 1933, and was in operation until 1945. It is estimated that 200,000 to 228,000 prisoners passed through the camp during this 12-year period, and more than 40,000 died. When Allied forces approached Dachau there were 30,000 prisoners in the main camp, and about the same number in satellite work camps. On April 29, 1945 the U.S. Army’s 45th Infantry Division liberated the camp after a brief battle with the guards. At the time of liberation about one-third of the prisoners were Jewish.
NYMC Mention: Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer