Forced Labor
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Forced Labor

It is entirely possible to see the development of state-organized forced labor in Germany between 1914 and 1918 as a kind of “trial run” for the Second World War (Ulrich Herbert). It is necessary first of all to distinguish between legitimate military forms of forced labor (in accordance with the laws of war as they stood at the time, for prisoners of war) and forced labor for civilians. The latter affected many civilians forced to work in Germany, and transported to Germany in breach of international law for that purpose.

The use of the labor of captured ordinary soldiers…

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Hinz, Uta, “Forced Labor”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 21 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0210>
First published online: 2015



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