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Labor and Forced Labor Camps

Beginning in the mid - 1930s, the Nazis started economically exploiting the prisoners in the camps. The SS authorities hired out its human resource - the labor of the camp inmates - to various German companies in order to make a profit. German control of large parts of Europe presented a wide range of possibilities for continued economic exploitation of what they considered racially inferior populations. Consequently, hundreds of camps were established for forced labor. The harsh working conditions caused the deaths of a substantial number of prisoners. The SS authorities even developed the concept of "extermination through labor," which was implemented with regard to some of the prisoners, especially the Jews.

Total Sources (by media type):

Artifact Collection 2
Diaries and Letters 4
Documents 8
Lexicon Entries 33
Photographs 47
Research 3
Testimonies 10
Works of Art 1
   
Total Sources 108