06.01.2012 - 06.01.2012
It was cold at the Sacshenhausen concentration camp, which was unfortunate for we spent the larger part of the day there. We were taken on a guided by Mariska, who did a good job of conveying the stories of some of the concentration camp's more interesting inmates. Standing on the former roll call area in front of Watchtower 'A' in the freezing old was a fitting way to reflect on the fates of those interred here by the Nazi's, many having frozen to death on the long nights assembled for roll call. The camp had a number of small museums strewn throughout, situated in the surviving buildings. It was here that the famous Jewish forgery workshop was setup, the camp producing tens of millions of pounds sterling with which to buy foreign supplies for the war effort and to attempt to inflate the British currency. In amongst the terrible were artefacts of hope, watercolour paintings and brightly coloured miniatures made from bread. To round off our day of heavy themes we visited the "Topography of Terror" museum, located in the former nerve centre of the Nazi capital, it highlighted the rise of the Gestapo and SS, and their role in maintaing the Nazi's stranglehold on power. Doner im brot again tonight from our favourite Berlin Turkish takeaway.