Statue of the Unknown Prisoner at Dachau

Statue of Unknown Prisoner, May 2007

Close-up of statue, May 2007

Photo taken in May 2003


Photo taken in May 2001

The statue known as the"Unknown Inmate," by Fritz Koelle, was erected in 1950 north of the old crematorium. The words on the base of the statue, translated into English, mean "To honor the death, to admonish the living."

The model for the statue was Kurt Lange, who was a homosexual imprisoned at Dachau after he was arrested twice under Paragraph 175 of the German law and had served two sentences. Under a new law, all criminals who had served two prison terms were sent to a concentration camp for at least six months of "rehabilitation."


This page was created on May 26, 2007