General Dwight D. Eisenhower

Question:

At the conclusion of the war, an American General requited the citizens of Dachau to tour the site to visibly witness the devastation. Who was the American General? Was it Eisenhower? Thank you.

Harry W. Mazal OBE Responds:

Although General Eisenhower did not visit Dachau upon its liberation, he did require that American soldiers visit the camp:

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/aftermath.html

General Eisenhower did visit the Ohrdruf concentration camp:

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/Ohrdruf

and required that the local populace visit the camp and become aware of the atrocities committed therein. There are unsubstantiated claims that the General also visited Buchenwald, but I have never seen any evidence to confirm this.

Yours sincerely,

Harry W. Mazal OBE

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