“A printing shop was built at Sachsenhausen and the SS gathered engravers and other craftsmen from among the population of the other concentration camps. They were brought here to counterfeit English pound notes. Which seems especially relevant considering your group’s occupation. The Nazis were attempting to undermine the British economy by bringing huge amounts of counterfeit currency into circulation, causing out of control inflation. But the prisoners introduced tiny differences between their versions of the money and the originals and were able to sneak a letter to the British government warning them about the counterfeits,” the young guide explained to the group in his precise German-inflected English. He peered through his thick lenses and turned to Mr. Hanson, who repeated a translated version to the group gathered in the rebuilt barracks.

Apparently at around the same time that Chris and I inserted ourselves (with permission) into this tour being conducted for a group who we deduced must have been made up largely of Scandinavian engravers, 60 Minutes was searching a remote lake in Austria for a box of this counterfeit money.

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