Dachau, 1933-1945, will stand for all time as one of history’s
most gruesome symbols of inhumanity. There our troops
found sights, sounds and stenches horrible beyond belief,
cruelties so enormous as to be incomprehensible to the normal
mind. Dachau and Death are synonymous.
Colonel W. Quinn, U.S. Intelligence Officer
The things I saw beggar description … The visual evidence
and the verbal testimony of starvation, cruelty, and bestiality
were so overpowering as to leave me a bit sick. In one room,
where there were piled up twenty or thirty naked men, killed
by starvation, George Patton would not even enter. He said he
would get sick if he did so. I made the visit deliberately, in
order to be in a position to give first-hand evidence of these
things if ever, in the future, there develops a tendency to
charge these allegations merely to “propaganda”.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower
The smell of death overwhelmed us even before we passed
through the stockade. More than 3200 naked, emaciated
bodies had been flung into shallow graves. Others lay in the
streets where they had fallen. … Eisenhower’s face whitened
into a mask. Patton walked over to a corner and sickened. I
was too revolted to speak. For here death had been so fouled
by degradation that it both stunned and numbed us. …
Omar N. Bradley, A Soldier’s Story
A thousand years will pass and the guilt of Germany will not be erased
Hans Frank, Governor General of Poland
“In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.”