General André Delpech

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André Delpech was born on the 1st of October 1924 at Origny-Sainte-Benoite in the North of France. His father was a Stationmaster and his mother was a primary school teacher.
After the declaration of war in 1939, Andre's father was ordered to close the station. With the 1940 armistice, his family decided to return to their ancestral land in the South West of France, in the Lot region, which was at this time in the French "free zone".

 

 

Stane Šinkovec

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From 'Dachau' a book written by Stane Šinkovec, edited and translated by Anže Šinkovec..

We exited Begunje prisons. It was 1942. 30th May, on the day before the transport they gathered 23 of us in offices, ordered us to pack our personal things, that we had to put in special bags when we arrived in Begunje, and write our family's address on the packages. We were allowed to keep only a toothbrush and a soap. In time, based on what they could keep when leaving, prisoners would know pretty accurately their destiny. So to the killing zone... Not to Draga, but to the unknown in the Third Reich, where we will be secretly killed, without our family ever to find out where our final home lies.

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The Dachau administration recorded an intake of 206206 prisoners.

Many of them are now forgotten.

 

 

Jean Thomas

Jean thomas oaJean THOMAS

DoB: 25 March 1920.

On the eve of World War II, Jean THOMAS enlisted in the 39th Infantry Regiment, based in Rouen, Normandy. During the German invasion, on 14 May 1940, he fought against General Rommel's troops crossing the River Meuse in Belgium. As a result of his actions he was promoted to sergeant and awarded the War Cross. Having been captured as a Prisoner of War (POW) he was sent to a Stalag Prison Camp1 before being transferred to a Kommando in Upper Silesia. He escaped from there, but was recaptured after five nights on the run.

Paul Kerstenne

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"Too often people forget that this camp and the others who followed it were not aimed at subjugating foreigners (the first after the invasions were brought there after 1939), but that of the citizens of Germany, who had the courage to rebel against the Nazi regime "

DEE Eberhart

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Dee Eberhart was one of the liberators

of the 42the Rainbow division of the U.S. Army,

who was there when liberation finally came for Dachau.

Dee R. Eberhart, Rifleman, 1st Scout,

Company I, 242nd Infantry Regiment,

42nd Rainbow Division, on the morning of May 3, 1945,

east of Munich shortly before our assault boat crossing of the Inn River.

Photo taken by Jack Parry, a buddy in my squad, with a box camera borrowed from a Bavarian farm house.

 

Henk Arendse

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It was crisis and my parents did not know 

that somewhere deep down in Germany on March 21,

1933, the Dachau concentration camp was opening its doors.

 

They married on September 26, 1934 and ran their own glue factory,

"Perfecta", later called "Bisonkit". Financially it was not a good time.

My father went on a bike from The Hague to the shoe factories in Brabant and explains how easy it is to paste soles instead of using nails and stitching. My mom does the accounting and is his secretary. They may at some point sell the business to Italians but with a fascist country you do not do business. (ironically, the factory was sold to Italian investors some years ago) So they sell it to someone in Goes, who has no understanding of chemistry but where has money. My father then is employed elswhere. On 21 December 1940 their first daughter Kitty was born.