Posts Tagged ‘forced labor’


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.


Slave Labor for Dynamit Aktiengesellschaft in Christianstadt

July 13, 2010

My father did 2 years hard labor in Christianstadt/Germany (Krzystkowice/Poland) for die Dynamit Aktiengesellschaft during World War II.

I am looking for anybody who had a relative or knows somebody else, who  did hard labor there as well for die Dynamit Aktiengesellschaft during the War. Please contact Harm Karst Johannes Breman, Zwolle, Holland

[I suggest reading Hildegard Taussig Friedman‘smemoirs (1941-1945) “Meine Lebensgeschichte” (in German). Taussig Friedman was sent to Christianstadt, among other camps.  To research further, I also recommend visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s website regarding its 2002 symposium  “Forced and Slave Labor in Nazi-Dominated Germany” with downloadable podcasts. The Museum has also records of the transport list from Gross-Rosen/Kommando Christianstadt to Parschnitz, Nov. 24, 1944 and Dec. 2, 1945.  — Tekla Szymanski]