"Barbed wire enclosures" Dachau Things to Do Tip by mapakettle
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The entire camp was encircled with barbed wire fencing, leaving approximately thirty feet of flat ground running parallel with the fencing which was considered to be no-man's land. In addition to the barbed wire fencing, barbed wire was also strung knee high about eight feet from the fence, and a moat was filled with water, more barbed wire, and sharpened stakes facing inward.
Any prisoner found stepping within this strip of land was immediately shot to death by guards on the towers, and if a prisoner made it as far as the wire, then he was left to die as a warning to other prisoners considering an escape attempt.
Many prisoners commited suicide this way, finding life as it existed just not worth continuing.
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