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Dachau: Killing Grounds Of The Holocaust

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At first, the Nazis reserved their harshest persecution for political opponents such as Communists or Social Democrats, but then they spread their hatred towards all types of “unfit” groups that threatened the German race. They then opened the first official concentration camp at Dachau (near Munich) in March 1933 which later became one of the major killing grounds of the Holocaust. Dachau was under the control of Heinrich Himmler, head of the Schutzstaffel(SS) and later the chief of German police. By July 1933, all of the concentration camps held about

27,000 people in what the Nazi Party called “protective custody.” Also to promote support of the party 's message and strength, they would hold huge Nazi rallies and symbolic acts such as the
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