“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Munich, Bavaria, Germany — Southern Germany (Scarplands and Alpine Region)

Dachau Bomb Disposal Unit

Dachau Bomb Disposal Unit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 20, 2009
1. Dachau Bomb Disposal Unit Marker
Inscription. Zum Gedenken an das Bombensuchkommando des KZ Dachau, das in der Zeit vom Juli 1944 bis April 1945 hier untergebracht war. Die SS zwang die Häftlinge unter Einsatz ihres Lebens, Bomben in München zu bergen und zu entschärfen. Zahllose Gefangene fanden dabei den Tod. Ihr Opfer ist uns Mahnung und Verpflichtung.

Landeshauptstadt München, Verein „zum Beispiel Dachau”

Translated, the marker reads:
In commemoration of the Dachau concentration camp bomb disposal unit, which was housed here from July 1944 to April 1945. The SS forced the prisoners to risk their lives to find and defuse bombs in Munich. Numerous prisoners were killed. It is our duty to remember their sacrifice.

The City of Munich, Society “For Example Dachau”
Erected 1989 by Verein „Zum Beispiel Dachau”.
Location. 48° 7.658′ N, 11° 33.089′ E. Marker is in Munich, Bavaria. Marker is at the intersection of Stielerstrasse and Bayernring on Stielerstrasse. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Stielerstrasse 6, Munich, Bavaria 80336, Germany.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Franz Marc (approx. 1.1 kilometers away); a different marker also
Dachau Bomb Disposal Unit Marker - Wide Shot image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 20, 2009
2. Dachau Bomb Disposal Unit Marker - Wide Shot
The marker is just visible mounted on the wall within the arch to the left of the door, above the post boxes. The building houses a school.
named Franz Marc (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); Gottfried Keller (approx. 1.7 kilometers away); The Wilhelminische or Old Academy Building (approx. 1.8 kilometers away); The Church of Saint Michael (approx. 1.8 kilometers away); Miesbach to Munich Power Transmission (approx. 1.9 kilometers away); The Expansion of the Church of Our Lady Lane (approx. 2 kilometers away); Cathedral Church of Our Lady (approx. 2 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Munich.
Regarding Dachau Bomb Disposal Unit.

• The Dachau concentration camp had more than 100 satellite or sub-camps scattered throughout southern Germany and Austria. Most were involved in arms production. The subcamp at the Stielerstrasse School was established in 1944 to defuse or dispose of dud bombs that landed in the city.

• The Nazis had first tried to staff the bomb disposal unit with volunteers from Dachau, promising them their freedom after disarming 10 bombs. The number of volunteers was insufficient, and the promise of freedom was never kept. A team of 100 inmates was then conscripted into bomb disposal service. In addition, they were joined by some prisoners from the area jails.

• More than 100 inmates were housed in the school gymnasium.

• Concentration camp inmate Franz Brückl defused or detonated 246 dud bombs and lived to tell about it.
Also see . . .
1. Zum Beispiel Dachau: Study-group for investigating contemporary history of Dachau. The Society "Zum Beispiel Dachau" English-language webpage explaining their society and its purposes. (Submitted on September 13, 2009.) 

2. Living With History. Helga Pfoertner's Mahnmale, Gedenkstätten, Erinnerungsorte für die Opfer des Nationalsozialismus in München, 1933-1945: Mit der Geschichte leben (Living With History: Monuments, Memorials, and Places of Memory for Victims of National Socialism in Munich, 1933-1945). This is a scholarly examination of the various memorials to victims of the Nazis in the Munich area, providing a history and context for each memorial. The Dachau Bomb Disposal Unit historical marker is described on pages 11-15. In German. (Submitted on September 13, 2009.) 
Categories. Notable BuildingsWar, World II
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,439 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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