German Chancellor Angela Merkel recalls the ''unfathomable horrors everywhere'' as she lays a wreath to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp. Gavino Garay reports.
The rain cast a somber mood in Dachau, Germany, where German Chancellor Angela Merkel laid a wreath to commemorate 70 years since the Nazi concentration camp was liberated. Addressing 120 survivors from 20 countries, including U.S. soldiers, Merkel said the death camps stand as an everlasting reminder of the Nazi regime's brutality. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "There were unfathomable horrors everywhere. They all admonish us not to forget. No, we will never forget. We'll not forget for the sake of the victims, for our own sakes, and for the sakes of future generations." This week marks the 70th anniversary of a Nazi surrender that effectively ended Europe's involvement in World War II. Dachau itself was set up by the Nazis in March 1933, just weeks weeks after Adolf Hitler took power. It was meant to detain political rivals ... but it eventually became the prototype for a network of camps where 6 millions Jews were murdered. Alan Lukens, a former U.S. soldier, remembers the day he helped liberate the camp. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER U.S. SOLDIER, ALAN LUKENS, SAYING (SOUNDBITE BEGINS OVER SHOT OF AUDIENCE LISTENING): "When we entered this camp, exactly 70 years ago, it was a terrible shock to see how much you, the survivors, had suffered from starvation, disease, brutality and freezing conditions, and to learn that 31,000 had died here earlier. But we will never forget your excitement and ours, as we entered the camp and were overwhelmed by you as you hugged us and brought out a hand-sewn American flag which you had hidden for the occasion." More than 200,000 people were being held in Dachau when U.S. troops liberated it on April 29, 1945. But the former concentration camp still stands as a lasting relic of Europe's war-town past.