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April 6, 2006

Arbeit Macht Fries

auschwitzIn addition to Poland wanting to of the notorious Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp to be politically correct, the reverse is happening in Bavaria.

Welcome to Dachau shows an image of a McDonald's subway sign that says Willkommen in Dachau (Welcome to Dachau).

I understand that times have changed, but I think it's reasonable to say that after World War II, no one would imagine that there would be a sign saying Welcome to Dachau.

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Posted by Diane Prange at April 6, 2006 10:11 AM
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Definitely file under "what were they thinking?"

That's pretty funny... in a scary sort of way.

The next entry in Zdenka's blog has another interesting observation - McMansions replaced military factories that used to be right next to the concentration camp. It's probably pretty weird living in a house with a view of a concentration camp guard tower.

I guess if your business is short attention span eating, things like history just don't matter that much.

PS: Very clever headline.

Hi there.

Actually you have been somewhat misled regarding the Dachau McDonalds sign.
The concentration camp was named after the nearby town of Dachau.
Dachau lies close to Munich, has about 40.000 inhabitants and in addition to its historical background is an otherwise normal city. With people, pets, shops, cars, houses, companies, restaurants and ... McDonalds.
So there is probably hundreds of signs saying "Welcome to Dachau" as does the official website of the city of Dachau:

I live in Dachau (from Australia) and am sick and tired of negative comments regarding this town.
Dachau is indeed a very beautiful town, and NO ONE will ever forget the past & what Hitler did (don't forget, he was Austrian). How long would you like Germans and especially Dachau to suffer under the past ???
It is 2006 and slowly people are starting to be proud to be German again to which I am thrilled ! Dachau is a wonderful city to which many, many people are moving to.
People are indeed welcomed in Dachau, from all over the world and from many nationalities.

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