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Dachau

  1. (noun, artifact) a concentration camp for Jews created by the Nazis near Munich in southern Germany

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Origin of the word Dachau

  1. town in Bavaria, Germany, from O.H.G. daha "clay" + ouwa "island," describing its situation on high ground by the Amper River. Infamous as the site of a Nazi concentration camp nearby, opened in 1933 as a detention site for political prisoners and surrendered to the U.S. Army April 29, 1945. Not a death camp per se, but as it was one of the places where inmates fr… more

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