Photos: Protestant Memorial at DachauClick on a thumbnail image to view the full photograph.
The Church of Reconciliation was built in 1967 as a place for solitude and contemplation. The church's architectural design avoids right angles. It is meant as a contrast to the right angles created by the Nazi's killing machine. The camp areas, furnishings, and all foundations were a series of right angles. The church itself is built like a path, leading slowly down into the depths. Relief sculpture on right as one descends into the church. In the courtyard of the church, the path reaches its lowest point. A right angle appears for the first time to remind the visitor of the Soviet POWs murdered in nearby Hebertshausen. Interior of church. The unusual cross behind the circular altar shows a figure beginning to break up the surrounding weight.
An extended description of the memorial provided by the Evangelische Versöhngskirche.
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A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust
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