Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

Jewish Forced Labor under the Nazis
Economic Needs and Racial Aims, 1938–1944


  • Author: Wolf Gruner, Institute of Contemporary History, Munich and Berlin
  • Date Published: December 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521743570

£ 22.99

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Forced labor was a key feature of Nazi anti-Jewish policy and shaped the daily life of almost every Jewish family in occupied Europe. This book systematically describes the implementation of forced labor for Jews in Germany, Austria, the Protectorate, and the various occupied Polish territories. As early as the end of 1938, compulsory labor for Jews had been introduced in Germany and annexed Austria by the labor administration. Similar programs subsequently were established by civil administrations in the German-occupied Czech and Polish territories. At its maximum extent, more than one million Jewish men and women toiled for private companies and public builders, many of them in hundreds of now often-forgotten special labor camps. This study refutes the widespread thesis that compulsory work was organized only by the SS, and that exploitation was only an intermediate tactic on the way to mass murder or, rather, that it was only a facet in the destruction of the Jews.

    • Discloses important aspects of virtually unknown aspect of the Holocaust: the pre-ghetto, pre-camp mass forced labor for Jews
    • New insights on the life of thousands of Jews under forced labor and in forgotten forced labor camps
    • Broadens our picture of the Nazi perpetrators, revealing the responsibility of civil administrations, private companies, and others
    Read more

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521743570
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Segregated labor deployment: central planning and local practice, 1938–45
    2. German Jews in forced labor camps, 1939–43
    3. 'Special service': forced labor of so-called Jewish mischlinge, 1942–5
    4. Initiatives in Vienna: Austrian Jews in the segregated labor deployment program, 1938–45
    5. The failure of deportation: forced labor of Czech Jews, 1939–45
    6. Camps and ghettos: forced labor in the Reich Gau Wartheland, 1939–44
    7. On the 'Führer's road': Polish Jews in the Old Reich, 1940–3
    8. The SS organization schmelt and the Jews from Eastern Upper Silesia, 1940–4
    9. The labor office versus the SS: forced labor in the general government, 1939–44.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Contemporary German History
  • Author

    Wolf Gruner, Institute of Contemporary History, Munich and Berlin
    Wolf Gruner currently holds a position at the Institute for Contemporary History in Berlin, where he is coeditor and researcher on The Persecution and Extermination of the European Jews under the Nazis, 1933–1945, a multivolume collection of primary sources. He is the author of many works on the history of the Holocaust and Nazi Germany, and has held positions at Webster University, Missouri, Harvard University, Massachusetts, and the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, among others.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.