The F├╝hrer needs a reason for war: Sachsenhausen concentration camp and the beginning of the Second World War

The theme of this permanent exhibition are the border incidents staged by the SS the most famous of which is probably the faked Polish assault on the German broadcaster Gleiwitz. This was used by the German military as an excuse to invade Poland on 1 September 1939 and so to begin the Second World War. The SS 'Konservenkommando' took prisoners from the camp prison and used their bodies - now dressed in Polish uniforms - to fake the 'Polish attack' and to justify the German invasion of Poland. The exhibition illustrates the historical documents and settings, the preparations made and the order in which the events took place. In addition, the exhibition introduces the prisoners which were used by the SS, and the 'Konservenkommando' troops which were involved.
 
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