“Being a prisoner at Natzweiler-Struthof meant constantly having to climb up steps, which were especially high. The prisoners knew that after a while they wouldn’t have enough strength to lift their legs, so they ended up walking in an odd way: in front of each step they gathered momentum, put their hands behind one knee and lifted it up to put the foot on the next step. They did the same thing with the other leg and continued performing the same operation until reaching the block.”

Kristian OTTOSEN