65th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau

SS Camp Gate at Dachau

Entrance to the SS training camp and garrison west of the Dachau prison compound. Felix A. Cizewski penciled on the back : "Dachau Germany Prison Camp." The original has been donated to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center (Copyright: Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center)

65 years ago on April 29, 1945, “Task Force Sparks” of the 45th Infantry Division was fighting its way into Dachau. My father, PFC Felix A. Cizewski, was in the 45th Signal Company which was moving from Schrobenhausen, Germany, about 39 miles (63 kilometers) by road north of Dachau to Haimhausen, about 8 miles (13 kilometers) by road northeast of Dachau.

The Signal Company provided support for other units of the 45th such as “Task Force Sparks”.

Felix and the Signal Company arrived at Dachau a few days later. Details of his experience and a copy of the 45th Division News with the story of the liberation of Dachau are at my family history web site:

Dachau 1945

The liberation of Dachau may have been one of the most powerful and traumatic experiences of my father’s life.

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Links:

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

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