The International Dachau Committee (CID) is the international organization of the former concentration camp Dachau. As an international non-profit organisation under Belgian law, the Statute of the CID was published in December 1958 under number 3987 in the Belgian State Gazette.
The CID represents all former prisoners, survivors and victims from the Dachau camp period between 1933 and 1945. These inmates not only from Germany but also Germany and from all the from Albania, Belgium, Belarus, Bulgaria, Denmark, El Salvador, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Cuba, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg , the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Spain, from the Czech Republic, Turkey, Ukraine, Hungary, the United States, were deported. Of course the CID represents the ex-prisoners from Egypt, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Brazil, China, Iran, Ireland, Japan, Canada and Iraq, Lebanon, Montenegro, Palestine and the ex-prisoners who now live in other countries, as in Israel.
The CID is an independent organization, the mouthpiece of the former prisoners from 37 countries, including Germany. The International Dachau Committee was founded by the inmates of the camp itself before 29 April 1945 (liberation of the Dachau concentration camp). The former camp became an official memorial in 1965, thanks to the dedication and commitment of the International Dachau Committee . The CID is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the entire camp grounds and the buildings and monuments therein. The CID pays much attention to the development of this special memorial as a place for remembrance and just as important to its mission not to let this happen again. The CID is also responsible as administrator for the former SS shooting range in Hebertshausen, where thousands of Soviet soldiers were killed in cold blood by the SS.In 1966 the CID signed a bilateral agreement with Bavaria, which regulates that the CID receives funding to make its work easier. This contract is still in force and was established in law by the "Stiftung Bayerische Gedenkstätten" . The CID is faced with the inevitable and gradual loss of former prisoners. Therefore, the CID rejuvenates its organization with younger generations in order to continue doing the work and in the future be able to continue.