[dah-kou; German dah-khou]


a city in SE Germany, near Munich: site of Nazi concentration camp.

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Contemporary Examples of dachau

  • A German priest and activist, named Korbinian Aigner, bred apples while interned by the Nazis at Dachau, and drew them as well.

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  • Upon reaching the end of the line, Rob emptied his boxcar and placed 10 yellow pawns on the Dachau card.

Historical Examples of dachau

  • Such jokes would have made them about as popular as the Borscht Circuit comedian who told a funny story about Dachau in 1946.

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    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Most remarkable among all the remarkable costumes to be seen was that of an old woman from Dachau.

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    Helen Hunt Jackson

  • All the women in Dachau must be as "thick" as that, she said; and "lovers must have long arms to reach round them!"

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    Helen Hunt Jackson

  • We were only thirty miles from the concentration camp at Dachau, but we knew nothing about it at this time.

British Dictionary definitions for dachau



a town in S Germany, in Bavaria: site of a Nazi concentration camp. Pop: 39 474 (2003 est)
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Word Origin and History for dachau


town in Bavaria, Germany, from Old High German daha "clay" + ouwa "island," describing its situation on high ground by the Amper River. Infamous as the site of a Nazi concentration camp nearby, opened in 1933 as a detention site for political prisoners and surrendered to the U.S. Army April 29, 1945. Not a death camp per se, but as it was one of the places where inmates from other camps were sent as the Reich collapsed at the end of the war, and as it was one of the few large camps overrun by the British or American forces, it has come to symbolize Nazi atrocities in many minds in the West. "Arbeit Macht Frei" was spelled out in metal on the gate (as it was on other concentration camps, e.g. Gross-Rosen, Sachsenhausen, Theresienstadt).

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dachau in Culture


[(dah-kow, dah-khow)]

A concentration camp established by the Nazis in southern Germany. (See Holocaust.)

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