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Polish Forced Labour (Zwangsarbeiter/Fremdarbeiter) collection

Article about: by A.J. Zawadzki Hi Stefan, yes, very perceptive of you. Definitely the efforts of a left leaning group. You'll quickly spot the less-than-subtle hammer and scythe imagery on the cover: Atta

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    A list of 2,500 German companies (that employed slave labour) and slave labour camps in the Nazi Camp System

    Based on the 1990 book "Das nationalsozialistische Lagersystem" compiled from ITS records by historian Ursula Krause-Schmitt from the Deutscher Widerstand study group and Anne Kaiser

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    "Shortly after the end of the Second World War, the International Tracing Service (ITS) - a service based in Arolsen near Kassel and set up on the initiative of the Allied authorities—compiled a list of National Socialist camps and detention centres in Germany and German-occupied territories. The three-volume document, totalling more than 700 pages, was produced between 1949 and 1951 and is still the most comprehensive list to date of the camps operated under the Nazi regime.

    Supplementary lists were in fact compiled in 1964 and 1969 as a result of new findings; however these no longer comprised every type of camp created by the Nazis. Notable omissions from these lists are the POW camps and camps for the so-called Zivilarbeiter (public servants) who were deported to be used as forced labour. The reason for these omissions can be easily explained in that the new lists were commissioned by the German Ministry of Finance with the objective of providing the framework for compensation legislation (i.e. to artificially reduce the number of compensation claims—ed.) . Because of the revised or, to be more accurate, reduced nature of these lists, the negotiations they gave rise to failed to take into consideration not only a large number of locations subject to the Nazi terror but also a large amount of documentary evidence about these locations— in particular, the names of those companies who availed themselves of the labour force from the camps and detention centres in question."

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    Two opposite ends of the Polish forced labour experience; one working in an accountants and the other a worker in a German munnitions factory.
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    A few "forced workers" items that I have in my collection:
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    Quote by kindzjal View Post
    A few "forced workers" items that I have in my collection:
    Hi kindzjal,

    Thanks for sharing your "forced workers" collection

    Do you know which company ID tag with no.'63' is from? I have seen this company logostyle once before but the name was not referenced?

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    Hi 4thskorpion,

    I'm sorry but I don't know which company it comes from.
    All I know is the fact that it comes from Silesia...

    Bestreg,

    kindzjal

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    Thank you for sharing your items with us.

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    Forced labour Arbeitskarte for a Pole sent to work as agricultural labourer.

    Translations of some common terms used on German ID cards. Please feel free to add too or correct my translations

    Arbeitskarte - Befreiungsschein
    Work card - certificate of exemption
    Arbeitskarte für Großbritannien staatenlose Arbeitskräfte aus dem Generalgouvernement
    Work card for stateless Polish laborers from the General Government (all the workers from the General Government were known as 'stateless persons')
    Raum für Fingerabdruck - place for fingerprints
    linker / rechter Zeigefinger - left / right index finger
    Arbeitskarte / Befreiungsschein - job card / certificate of exemption
    Gültig bis auf weiteres - valid until changed
    Widerruf reserved - subject to the right of appeal
    Familienname - Family Name/Surname
    Vor (Ruf-) forename
    Geburtsname bei Frauen - maiden name for women
    männlich, weiblich - male, female
    ledig, verheiratet, verwitwet, geschieden - bachelor / miss, married, widowed, divorcee / divorcee
    Staatsangehörigkeit - nationality
    staatlos - Stateless
    Volkszugehörigkeit - nationality
    Polin - Polish
    Herkunftsland (eingereist aus) - the country of origin (arrival from
    Gen. Gouv. - Gen. Gub. - Gen. Gub.
    Heimatort - place of origin (and sometimes place of Birth)
    Kreis - District
    Wohnhaft (bei Ausstellung des Befreiungsscheins) - resident / s (in case of issuing a certificate of exemption)
    Beschäftigt als - engaged in as / employed as
    Hilfsarbeiterin - assistant
    Arbeitsbuch-No. - nr książeczki pracy - Work book number.
    Arbeitsstelle - place of work /or work factory
    Bahnmeisterei - Station
    Innland seit them - in the country since
    Ausgestellt am - issued on.
    Dienstsiegel - stamp
    Arbeitsamt - Employment Office
    Dem ausländischen Arbeiter / Salaried foreign worker / employee
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    Polish political prisoner Auschwitz Cross and award document (Krzyżem Oświęcimskim) and his KL patch.
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    Hi Stefan,

    Very impressive set!

    Regards,
    Tony
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    Damn, where did You get it ?

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