#American forces liberated more than 60,000 prisoners from #Dachau concentration camp on April 29, 1945. When they arrived, soldiers found railcars filled with bodies and emaciated prisoners.
Colonel Alexander Zabin was part of Patton's 3rd Army and was with the 4th Auxiliary Surgical Group. He landed on #Normandy Beach on D-Day and was with the 3rd Army in campaigns throughout Europe. After all he had seen of war, Dachau was something worse: “Men broken in body and mind were walking skeletons, red-eyed and bewildered, with empty, helpless expressions. It is all a horrible memory, a nightmare I can never hope to forget. I wish that all the people back home could walk through this place. Then they would realize that any sacrifice they have made - even the loss of their loved ones - was not made in vain. To liberate this camp alone was sufficient reason for our war with #Germany.” Established in March 1933, Dachau was first regular concentration camp constructed by the Nazis. The camp, just outside of Munich, was originally established to hold political prisoners.
#Holocaust #NeverAgain #Liberation #USHMM #Remember #OTD (Film by Colonel Alexander Zabin)