President Victor Yushchenko and his family on Sunday visited the Bavarian town of Ludwigsfeld near Munich to see one of the barracks of the Dachau concentration camp, where First Lady Kateryna Yushchenko’s parents had worked during World War II, according to the President`s press-office.
Opened in 1933, the Dachau concentration camp was the first regular concentration camp established by the Nazi government. Heinrich Himmler, in his capacity as police president of Munich, officially described the camp as “the first concentration camp for political prisoners.” Dachau served as a prototype and model for the other Nazi concentration camps that followed.
The camp was liberated by the 42nd Infantry Division of the U.S. Seventh Army on 29 April, 1945.