Oranienburg – Reminiscence of World War

19 Mar

Gedenkstatte Museen, Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Oranienburg, Germany

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.

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Oranienburg, Germany

Prisoners' Uniform at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

Boots used for Boot Testing in the camp

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 Forgery Workshop, Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

Forged Bank of England note, Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

Soviet Liberation Memorial at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

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’.

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