Seeking to sabotage Britain’s economy in World War II, the Nazis “flooded” Europe with fake British bank notes, according to secret documents released today by British intelligence agency MI5.
And though M15 didn’t know it at the time, the fake bills “were being made at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp by prisoners, many of whom were Jewish,” according to BBCNews.
BBCNews’s Sanchia Berg wrote that she met met one of those unwitting forgers, Adolph Burger, in 2007. “He proudly showed me one of his £5 notes. On watermarked paper, with elegant copperplate script, and engraving of Britannia, it was a perfect counterfeit. He knew, because there was a pinhole in the Britannia, that it was a Sachsenhausen product. The prisoners had marked these notes.”