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Companion volume to the international traveling exhibition “Forced Labor. The Germans, the Forced Laborers and the War”

Published by Volkhard Knigge, Rikola-Gunnar Lüttgenau and Jens-Christian Wagner on behalf of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation

The exhibition tells the whole story of National Socialist forced labor and its post-1945 consequences for the first time. It shows that forced labor was a mass phenomenon: during World War II, a workforce of twenty million performed involuntary labor for National Socialist Germany almost all over Europe. It moreover sheds light on the fact that, from the beginning, forced labor was an integral part of the NS state’s racist social order: the propagated “people’s community” and forced labor performed by the outsiders were two sides of the same coin.

This volume documents the main aspects of the exhibition and presents numerous hitherto unknown historical photos and documents. Several accompanying articles offer more in-depth insight into current research on the history of National Socialist forced labor. Supplementary systematizing scholarly contributions by such notable authors as Dieter Pohl, Dietmar Süß and Constantin Goschler offer more in-depth insights into research on the history of National Socialist forced labor.

  • a total of 256 pages:
    178 pages: presentation of the exhibition
    65 pages: systematizing scholarly contributions
    188 illustrations
  • Format: 20.5 x 27.5 cm
    Paperback with thread stitching
  • Price: 19,80 Euro
  • ISBN English edition: 978-3-935598-18-1