Operation Bernhard —Another kosher offering by the chosen ones
Beginning in 1942, the plan was to set up a team of 142 counterfeiters from inmates at Sachsenhausen concentration camp at first, and then from other camps, especially Auschwitz. The plan was to destabilize the British economy during the war by dropping the notes from aircraft, on the assumption that most Britons would collect the money and spend it, thus triggering inflation.
The scheme was not put into effect because it was postulated that the Luftwaffe did not have enough aircraft to deliver the forgeries.
The first time I heard this story I thought, “Gosh! Those diabolical “Nazis”! — will their evil plans never end?” (more…)