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Dachau

Grave marker at Dachau, Germany

Statue of the Madonna (right) kept in the barracks of the German priest prisoners at Dachau. Other priests were in other barracks. This statue was brought into the barracks about 1943. German priests were allowed, at times, to celebrate Mass. NonGermans, like Titus, were not permitted to have Mass. This statue is now in the Carmelite Sisters Convent of the Precious Blood at Dachau.

Cremation furnaces at Dachau, Germany

A grave marker at Dachau (left). In background are prisoner barracks. Titus was executed by lethal injection July 26, 1942 and cremated three days later.

Statue of Mary in the barracks of Dachau, Germany

These are the old furnaces at Dachau, where Titus was cremated July 29, 1942. Later much larger furnaces were in operation. After forced labor, murderous beatings, weakened health, abuse, little food and medical experiments, Titus was given a lethal injection by a doctor at 1:50 P.M. on July 26, 1942. Ten minutes later he was pronounced dead.

A notification of cremation from Dachau
A notification of death from Dachau

A Dachau notification of death. (above). A notification of death and cremation at Dachau. (left)

In 1964, the Discalced Carmelite nuns began this cloistered convent just outside the guard tower gate and north wall of the death camp, Dachau. Their community, in honor of the Precious Blood of Jesus, is flourishing now. Through prayer and simplicity they try to bring healing and godliness into a place of such ghastly evil and death.

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"Work makes Free"

Prisoners marched through this gate at Dachau, the former entrance to the concentration camp. The words are ironic — “Work Makes Free:’ Most of the barrack buildings have been removed, as visitors tour the camp today.

Memorabilia of Fr. Titus in the museum at Dachau

Memorabilia of Fr. Titus in the museum at Dachau. On the left is Fr. Riccardo Palazzi, O.Carm. of Roman Carmelite province who took these pictures. Shown are the sketch of Titus done by a fellow prisoner at Amersfoort and photocopies of two official Dachau camp documents about Fr. Brandsma.

Museum of the Victims at Dachau. Of the 206,000 prisoners brought in, only about 40,000 survived. Dachau was a work camp. Many were worked to death, many others were shipped to the gas chambers at such places at Auschwitz. A gas chamber was under construction at Dachau, but due to continuing sabotage by the enslaved workers, it was not ready for use before the day of liberation.

Museum of the Victims at Dachau
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