those of any race, faith, or social position who are not willing to grasp the fact that the Third Reich has definitely and irrefutably dawned.
All in all, Dachau is today no longer an episode but a program and a password for all who are not of good faith or good will: 'Through Dachau to National-Socialism and to the Third Reich.'
was born in Charlottenburg, a suburb of Berlin, on 6 October 1901. His father was a worker, but both parents were of peasant stock. Parental poverty forced the boy to earn his own way at an early age, and he spent several years as a laborer and seaman. At the age of seventeen he secured a job in a theatre and decided to make acting his profession. Over the next fifteen years he graduated from bit parts to leading roles in stage productions in Königsberg, Wiesbaden, Hamburg, Berlin, and Düsseldorf. He had made no secret of his opposition to Hitlerism and on 28 February 1933 was arrested by the Gestapo. After spending thirteen months in various concentration camps, he was released, but found all avenues of employment closed to him. He finally managed to elude the police and escaped to Switzerland. There, while acting at the Zurich Schauspielhaus, he wrote an account of his concentration camp experiences which was published in German in Zurich and afterwards translated widely.
from Rubber Truncheon by WOLFGANG LANGHOFF, translated by Lilo Linke
IN THE BLOCK OF CELLS, belonging to Division I, we put up a Christmas tree, a tall, lovely tree. It reached right up to the iron gallery of the first floor. Its lower branches reached across the whole breadth of the floor.