Germany, survivor of two World Wars and the Cold War; the knot that finally got free from two superpowers USA and Russia; yet struggling to recover from ghosts of its past. Being in Germany and not seeing the World War related things is out of question. Therefore, after much speculation, my friends and I decided to visit the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, the notorious Nazi camp at Oranienburg, known for its money counterfeiting. This camp was used primarily for political prisoners from 1936 to the end of the Third Reich in May, 1945.
These shoes are believed to be an original pair worn in the ‘shoe-running’ punishment squad. A Boot-testing track was built where prisoners were made to run miles together to test the boots. Often, prisoners were given wrong shoe sizes to cause discomfort. Read more about the camp on Wiki.
In 2007, Stefan Ruzowitzky made ‘The Counterfeiters’, a movie that fictionalises ‘Operation Bernhard’ at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp; a secret plan made by the Nazis during WWII to destabilize Great Britain by forging Bank of England notes.
The freezing, nail-biting cold temperatures had made it an experience to remember. It is a place that one must see so that ‘History Never Repeats Itself’.