Thousands of Polish Jews...had to perform forced labor in Germany, constructing the "Fuhrer's roads" from the end of 1940 to mid-1942. Many of them came from the Lodz ghetto. The Reich Autobahn authorities created a special camp system for this forced deployment and drafted its own dicriminatory camp regulations. For extension of the east-west highways, most of the ideological slogans were unceremoniously abandoned. Labor shortages overrode the doctrine of not bringing Jews into the Reich at any time for any reason...[T]he Autobahn authorities also could avail themselves of inmates from camps maintained by private construction companies.Wolf Gruner, Jewish Forced Labor under the Nazis: Economic Needs and Racial Aims, 1938-1944, translated by Kathleen M. Dell'Orto (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006) 212.
Imagining government out of the garage, out of our pockets, and out of the road business.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Quotation for the day: Wolf Gruner
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