Gate through the Jourhaus was entrance into the camp for the prisoners

The gate house was the first masonry building in the new "model camp" built at Dachau. Before that, the prisoners were housed in the buildings of an old World War I gun powder factory which was originally located here. The design of this gate house was used as the model for similar gate houses at Buchenwald and Sachsenhausen. Just outside the camp, through this gate, were factories in the SS section of the complex. Prisoners marched through this gate on their way to work, while an orchestra played.