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Nazism, War and GenocideNew Perspectives on the History of the Third Reich$
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Neil Gregor

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780859897457

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859897457.001.0001

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Germans, Slavs and the Burden of Work in Rural Southern Germany during the Second World War

Germans, Slavs and the Burden of Work in Rural Southern Germany during the Second World War

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(p.94) 6 Germans, Slavs and the Burden of Work in Rural Southern Germany during the Second World War
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Nazism, War and Genocide
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Jill Stephenson

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780859897457.003.0006

This chapter examines the relations between ordinary Germans and forced foreign workers, including prisoners of war, in rural southern Germany during World War II. It shows how ‘Aryan’ Germans were brought face to face with ‘enemy aliens’ in ways which were entirely at odds with the intentions of a regime intent on purging the ‘people's community’ of ‘aliens’, particularly Jews. It suggests that it was not only those social groups with strong traditions of organised, politically focused opposition to Nazism that maintained a certain distance to the Third Reich. The chapter also considers the responses of the local residents in rural southern Germany to the foreigners who arrived in hitherto socially homogeneous village communities. In particular, it describes the relationship between forced Polish workers and local peasant families as well as the religious solidarities between German and Polish Roman Catholics.

Keywords:   foreigners, Germany, World War II, Nazism, Third Reich, Catholics, prisoners of war, enemy aliens, Germans

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