The building at Augsburgerstrasse 8 has been owned by the Teufelhart family since 1873. Willy and Marina Teufelhart were the owners of the bakery and cafe when I visited Dachau in May 2001. Like the old town hall, which occupies the same spot where the town hall of Dachau has stood for 500 years, the Teufelhart Bakery stands on a site where there has been a bakery for 500 years. In other words, German bakers were making rye bread on this spot long before any European people had ever settled in America. During World War II, the Teufelhart Bakery was one of two bakeries which supplied the Dachau concentration camp with bread; the other was the Bielmeier bakery.
Today the Teufelhart Bakery is a popular spot for the locals who come here to buy fresh bread and cakes or to linger awhile and gossip at the outdoor tables along the sidewalk where the menu is printed on chalk boards leaning against the wall of the building. This place serves world-class food in the cafe inside and at the outdoor tables. The owner, Marina Teufelhart, chats with visitors and sometimes leans out the upstairs window to call out to people below.
Prisoners from the Dachau concentration camp used to come to the Teufelhart bakery, and also to the Bielmeier Bakery, to pick up bread for the prisoners. The Bielmeier bakery was located on Schleissheimerstrasse. After the death of the owner, it was sold and the building is now a restaurant; most of the machinery used for baking is still there. Sometimes the owners of these bakeries would slip the prisoners some extra bread and the SS soldiers, who were accompanying the prisoners, would look the other way, especially towards the end of the war when food was scare in all of Europe, both inside and outside the camps.