According to the Museum Guidebook, every morning at roll call, the men of each barrack room paraded together as a platoon on the Appellplatz. The men of each barrack block formed a company with a prisoner "sergeant" responsible for discipline. Prisoners who were common criminals were generally the ones who were put in charge. In the Summer time, roll call was at 5:15 a.m. after the prisoners were awakened at 4 a.m. In the Winter months, the prisoners were awakened at 5 a.m. Following roll call and breakfast, the prisoners would be marched off to begin their 12-hour workday in a camp workshop or in a factory outside the grounds, according to the Guidebook. Click on the link below to see a picture taken at this same spot when the camp was in operation, or click on the picture above to continue the Virtual Tour. To see a list of the companies that used slave labor from the Dachau camp, click on the link below which takes you to another web site.
Picture of prisoners at Dachau marching across Appellplatz toward main gate
Companies which used slave laborers from Dachau
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