Remembering Dachau

GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic

Dee Eberhart saw firsthand the horror of the Dachau concentration camp in World War II. Eberhart was a private first class in the 42nd Infantry Division, which liberated the camp April 29, 1945. He will speak for Holocaust Remembrance Day at Central Washington University on Monday.
As a 20-year-old, Dee Eberhart lived through something that would change his outlook forever. Though the experience lasted only a few hours, the images remain vivid in his mind nearly 61 years later.

Eberhart, now 81, served as a first scout in France, Germany and Austria from 1944 through 1945 with the U.S. Army. On April 29, 1945, his platoon was attached to the 1st Battalion 222nd Infantry for the attack against Munich, Germany. It was in the late morning or early afternoon of that day when the soldiers arrived at a large SS compound and concentration camp complex in Dachau, Germany.