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The prisoners brought to the gas chamber were told "to undress and pit your
clothes in neat piles." They were expecting to get a shower bath. When they entered
the chamber and were locked in, the pipes, instead of giving them a shower, spewed
out poison gas.
When all were deadjthe gold was taken from their teeth and their clothes and
other belongings were sent to a warehouse. Then the bodies were taken to the crem-
atorium and burned. The ashes were used for fertilizer.
Dachau was the first and one of the largest extermination camps. During World
War II it became so overcrowded that it was necessary to establish a number of satellite
camps. It was a grisly place. EUt after the American troops cleaned it up it had a
more peaceful appearance (see pictured the barrajdcs area, pictures number 30 and
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