TDN Weekend

March 2018

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ble conditions. Over the nine years it was used by the Nazis, over 30,000 souls died here of pneumonia, malnutrition, abuse, or disease. And, of course, many prisoners were murdered, either en masse, or one at a time, when they crossed onto the gravel "death strip;" a murder for which guards were rewarded with extra leave. Jackson tells us that conditions were such that some prisoners brought death upon themselves by deliberately stepping into the strip, or by throwing themselves on the electric fencing just beyond. Jackson proved to be an excellent guide and companion, easily answering every question, and striking the proper note be- tween explanation and quiet contempla- tion. It's one of the most sobering, but im- portant, days you'll ever spend. NICK JACKSON,,

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