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Nazi Forced Labor and Memory
National Socialist Germany created one of the largest systems of forced labor in history. Not until 60 years after the end of the war did the compensation debate again bring back to mind the memory of the long-time forgotten victims of forced labor.
But today only a few survivors can report about their experiences. The project “Forced Labor 1939-1945” aims to provide, make accessible and digitally preserve a collection of close to 600 life story interviews.
- Forced Labor: Nazi Forced Labor
- Experiences: Individual Experiences of Forced Labor
- After 1945: Forced Labors as Forgotten Victims
- Compensation: Compensation and Remembrance
- Remembering Events and Topics
- Timeline: Important Dates of Nazi Forced Labor
- International: Forced Labor and European Memory
- Witnesses: Living Memories for Education and Research
This spring - 80 years after the handover of power to the Nazis and 67 years after the liberation - new projects of rememberance in Berlin offer information also on the history of forced labor.
From January 9 until March 8, 2013, the international exhibition "Forced Labor. The Germans, the Forced Laborers and the war" is on display in the Royal Palace of Warsaw.
On November 4, 2012, our interview partner Claudio Sommaruga died at the age of 92.