This illicit distillery was found in a "Displaced Persons camp" following the end of the Second World War.
Close to four million people had been forced into working in Nazi factories during the war. When the war ended these people became known as “Displaced Persons”. It was the responsibility of the Allied Military Police to try to get Displaced Persons back home.
Getting nearly four million people back to where they needed to go was not a quick task. As a result the Military Police set up “Displaced Persons Camps” in order to house the freed slave workers. It was in these camps that Military Police Officers would find illegal distilleries or stills, set up to produce very potent alcoholic drinks.
It was strongly recommended NOT to drink the final product of an illicit distillery as it could blind or at worst kill you. These stills had to be confiscated to prevent British troops and the Displaced Persons blinding themselves.
The most common name for illicit alcohol is “Moonshine”, although many countries have their own terms. In Germany the word used is Schwarzgebrannter which translates as “black burned”.
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