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Exhibit About Slave Labor in Berlin

October 13, 2010

The Jewish Museum in Berlin is showing the exhibition “Zwangsarbeit” (Forced Labor: The Germans, the Forced Laborers, and the War). The exhibit is open until January 30, 2011.

In Germany during World War II, forced laborers were exploited on nearly every building site and farm, in every industrial enterprise, and even in private households. Over 20 million men, women, and children were taken to Germany and the occupied territories from all over Europe as “foreign workers,” prisoners of war, and concentration camp inmates to perform forced labor.

The exhibition “Forced Labor. The Germans, the Forced Laborers, and the War” provides the first comprehensive presentation of the history of forced labor and its ramifications after 1945. The historical exhibits and photographs explore the relationship – defined by racism – between Germans and forced laborers, offering insight into its many varying manifestations.

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