WARNING: This is not a happy post.
The subject is Dachau - a World War II concentration camp. History is not pretty. Before moving to Germany I really didn't know much about this country aside from what I had learned about it in history class. I knew the war was long over, but really had no idea what it would be like to live here. After settling in I was pleasantly surprised, as you have probably gathered if you have read some of this blog. Traveling around we have had the opportunity to learn about so much history. You may be surprised by that fact that this is neither limited to nor dominated by World War II history. People have lived in Germany for thousands of years and the history we have been exposed to includes Celtic cultures, Roman dominance, and the middle ages. Much of this history was filled with war and battles, but since it happened so long ago most of what we see are the structures associated with the time periods.
World War II was a sad time in Germany's recent history. Many of the people living here didn't like what was happening, yet were powerless to stop it. It has been about 65 years since the horrors of the concentration camps were stopped. Even so, the war has created a lasting effect on the population most evident to me by the fact that I rarely see German flags.