On a visit to Dachau Concentration camp a few years back they had a map of Europe on display showing the German concentration camps and nationality of the victims. Ireland was included but after wracking my brain I can't remember the number of Irish they had listed on the map. So how many Irish citizens died in German concentration camps and do we know anything about who these unfortunate people were?
interesting question, dont know the answer though
I was doing about WW2 with my German class in school and when I looked up the Irish Jewish museum it said that an Irish born Jewish lady and her child died in one of the camps. I believe she was married to a Belgian or a Frenchman and was in living in France when she was taken away. If you check their website they have more info about it. Obviously this only applies to Jewish victims and to those who had single nationality, I'd imagine there was more....
Account by David Blake Knox of the treatment of the Irish merchant navy prisoners in Bremen Farge Concentration Camp.
Irish Times article that he refers to
Irish Times May 17th, 1945
I was in Dachau myself about two years ago.Was incredibly interesting but thoroughly depressing(as you might expect). On the map of Europe(which I assume is the one you referred to in your post) Irelands number of deaths was listed as one.Just one.I remember it clearly because the guide made a light hearted comment on the Irish knack for finding trouble wherever it may be.I can't remember though if the map gave the number of deaths for the entire holocaust, or just those who died in Dachau.
Strange how concidences happen, a gentleman I was talking to today had recently met this man who is very much alive at 88 and living in North Dublin. He still remembers vividly his treatment at the hands of the German Camp guards and how they were force marched for an hour each morning to their place of work.
I believe one irish Jew died in this period.
Thank for posting this information. My grandfather was Edward Condon from Passage West, Co. Cork. Sadly he passed away in 2005. He rarely spoke about his experiences during this period of his life so I know very little about it.
Welcome to the forum- Do you have any background information, or did he never detail this?
I read recently that the IRA member Frank Ryan ended up in Dachau Concentration camp after making his way to Berlin in 1940, where he died of pneumonia in 1944. Does anyone know more?
I cannot imagine having to walk to work.
of course he remembers it vividly.all the survivors do even those who were only five when liberated. its fascinating to read some of the memoirs.
wiesenthal, the ultimate camp survivor (he survived eleven concentration camps) was friends with some of the guards so I am not sure if they were all as nasty as Spielberg and Holllywood would have us believe.
:: didnt think any irish died there
he actually died in Saxony. The Germans saved his life by getting him out of Spanish gaol. I never heard he was in Dachau, but I could be wrong.
I remember seeing that map, or rather maps; one showed camp locations throughout Europe, the other had the no's of people interned in Dachau alone on countries of origin. Rep Of Ireland was credited with 1 individual.
You are right on Frank Ryan dying in Saxony. However, Richard English does mention in his book on the IRA that he was in there, although he doesn't' give specifics on how long.