National Geographic : 1970 Jan
In addition, the triangle also contained a gas chamber, execution pits, a crematorium, and hospital barracks. Today at the entrance to the camp stands a museum that recalls its grim history. In one display are hundreds of gold teeth removed from victims of the Nazis; in another, a simple tin plate with a small pile of hardened beans from a last uneaten meal. In my travels, I couldn't find a single Ber liner who had not been affected in some way by Hitler's policies of mass murder (page 24). That night I went to dine at the Volga, one of East Berlin's limited number of good restaurants. I was about to partake of one of my favorite dishes-cucumbers in cream and vinegar-when I thought of that plate of beans at Sachsenhausen and lost my appetite. 18 At that moment, the head waiter steered two Japanese businessmen toward me. They in troduced themselves as Shoho Nagahara of Osaka and Takao Yamaguchi of Tokyo. Throughout Eastern Europe, hotel restau rant facilities are limited and thus constantly overcrowded. It is the custom to seat stran gers together. My uninvited guests almost always proved to be valuable sources of information. Mr. Yamaguchi had been in the United States, West Germany, and England, looking at textile machinery for a plant in Japan. Mr. Nagahara was also interested in textile machinery. "Our Japanese machines are good, but not very imaginative," he said in perfect English. "East German machines are imaginative, but they must use Russian steel, which is inferior to West Germany's. I may buy their machines.