"'Death march?' asks the daughter in the book"

Memorial in Krailling for the victims of a death march from Dachau.
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeMemorial in Krailling for the victims of a death march from Dachau. - Credit: Furukama
By 1944, Allied troops were approaching Germany from both the East and West.  This advance caused the SS to order that all camps close to the borders should be vacated, and evidence of the genocide which had taken place destroyed.  Many prisoners were killed immediately, but thousands of others were forced to march dozens of miles to railway stations or other camps.  Many collapsed and died of sickness and exhaustion on the way; people showing signs of extreme fatigue were shot.  Although some prisoners survived to give testimony, most were killed upon arrival at their destination. 

This clip shows a lady who survived a death march describing her experiences.