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In this photograph, young Ukrainian forced laborers walk past a group of curious onlookers in a German town.

Everyday Life During the Holocaust

Experiences of Forced Labor

The Nazi regime exploited forced labor across thousands of camps and factories in Europe. Women from Poland and Ukraine, Allied prisoners of war, and Jews imprisoned in concentration camps were forced to contribue to the German war effort. Primary sources in this collection give a glimpse into the everyday lives of these forced laborers and the choices they faced.

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Feder, Sami, photo of Performance of Azoy hot es zikh ongehoybn (This is How it Began), Kazet Theater 1947

Jewish Perspectives on the Holocaust

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Americans and the Holocaust

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Everyday Life: Roles, Motives, and Choices During the Holocaust

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