Nazi Forced Labor

Miroslav D. in the forced labor camp of a steel plant

Miroslav D. in the forced labor camp of a steel plant

Over 12 million people were brought to Germany as forced laborers in the course of World War II.

In the summer of 1944 alone, in addition to six million civilian laborers, two million prisoners of war and over half a million concentration camp prisoners were forced to work in the German Reich.

Also in the occupied territories, millions of men, women and children were forced to work for the enemy.

It was the forced laborers who kept the agricultural supply and arms production going. The industry profited from the expansion of production.

German employees advanced to supervisor positions.