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'We'll Meet Again in Dachau': the early Dachau SS and the narrative of civil war

Dillon, Chris (2010) 'We'll Meet Again in Dachau': the early Dachau SS and the narrative of civil war. Journal of Contemporary History 45 (3), pp. 535-554. ISSN 0022-0094.

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Dachau was the most enduring and important of the early nazi concentration camps. Its initial personnel, trained in the Dachau 'school of violence', were soon widely distributed throughout the SS camp network but have received very little historiographical attention. This article sets the camp and the early Dachau SS in their Bavarian context and explores how the memory of civil war in Munich in 1919 was at the fore in 1933: the camp's location was highly symbolic in this regard. The article argues that these events left a direct and atmospheric mark on the early violence in the camp and on the pioneering group of perpetrators who set an operational tone known admiringly in the SS as the 'Dachau spirit'.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): concentration camp, Dachau, Freikorps, perpetrators, Schutzstaffel (SS), Steinbrenner
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2011 12:46
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 11:58

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