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German Slave Workers

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06 May 2005

We befriended foreign workers because where we lived there was a couple of fields and there was the foreign workers camp at the Blancs Bois. Some pretty horrible things went on there I can remember. There were Algerians, there were Polish, there were all nationalities, there were French, they were brought over to work for the Germans. Some came freely perhaps, but a lot of others were forced to. I can remember a batch of Jews being driven along the road with bayonets, which is a sight I will never forget, in their pyjama suits. You’ve seen pictures of Belsen, they brought them over from Alderney to do some particularly dangerous jobs, and they were just driven like cattle. And you weren’t allowed to get near them, even, because they were surrounded by armed guards all the time, as though they were wild animals. The only other people who were really badly treated were the Poles. And you know how the Jews had to wear a Star of David, well the Poles had to wear a P on their uniforms, well, like a uniform. Of course that was all looked after by the Todt Organisation.

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