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Foreign Labor in Nazi Germany

by Homze, Edward L (2015)


During World War II, Germany recruited over eight million foreign laborers from her allies, the neutral countries, and the occupied territories. This book describes the inception, organization, and administration of the Nazi foreign labor program and its relationship to the over-all economy and government.Originally published in 1967.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Key Passage

In the labor field, the initial actions of the new Nazi governmentin 1933 reflected the primacy of political goals overall others. In the spring of that year the Nazi governmenteliminated the political power of German labor. The tradeunions, backbone of the Social Democratic party, were immediatelyabolished. The newspapers, funds, and propertyof the unions were incorporated into the monolithic NazicontrolledDeutsche Arbeitsfront (DAF). The political partiesrepresenting labor were ruthlessly crushed. Germanlabor, stripped of political and economic bargaining power,lay ready for molding by the Nazi party (p.5)


Nazi, National Socialism, History, Twentieth Century, Military, Foreign Labor, Forced Labor, Slave Labor, Prisoner Labor, Prisoner Of War, Germany


German History

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