It was a cold night for the time of year, on April 29th, 1945, when we were liberated
from Dachau Concentration camp. At five thirty in the afternoon, the first Americans
entered the camp. Very carefully, because minutes ago they had still been shot at
from the watchtowers, in spite of the white flags the SS had placed there.
They entered the camp through the main entrance, the "Jourhaus", through the cast
iron gate with the text "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work will set you free).
They were shocked, these boys of the Rainbow Division, unprepared as they were to
see the emaciated dead bodies. In the train, and later in the crematorium. And now,
all those thousands of intensely happy prisoners met them on the parade ground. Finally,
they were free, after all these years of misery.
These were moments that will never be forgotten, neither by the liberators, nor by
It is difficult to imagine that this was sixty years ago.
The friendships that were formed then have not been lost. An important part in that
was played by the newsletter "Nieuwsbrief Dachau". This book contains a selection
of articles that were published in the newsletter, as well as on the website www.dachau.nl.
We, the witnesses to what happened in Dachau, see it as a pleasure to have the opportunity
to offer this book to you, to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of our liberation.