Jewish Prisoners Forced to Manufacture Forged Documents Placed on Katyn Forest Victims
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Jewish Prisoners Forced to Manufacture Forged Documents Placed on Katyn Forest Victims

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Jewish prisoners at Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Germany were forced to manufacture false identification documents which the Nazis planted in the mass grave of Polish prisoners killed by the camp Gestapo and buried in Katyn Forest, it has been revealed by a former Norwegian prisoner at the camp, Erich Johansen, according to the Noregian embassy news bulletin, “News of Norway.”

The falsification of the documents, Johansen declared, was discovered through another prisoner, a Jewish optician, who was assigned to make the best possible glasses for the workers in the secret section. The report further reveals liquidation of the entire section, and most of the Jewish specialists, shortly before the Nazi surrender.

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