Jennifer Popowycz Presents “Ukrainian Forced Laborers: Nazi Economic and Labor Policy in Occupied Ukraine 1941–1944”
On June 22, 1941, Hitler broke the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact and invaded the Soviet Union, dividing Soviet Ukraine into two occupied territories. Shortly thereafter, Nazi officials began recruiting people from Ukraine to work in Germany. Originally this policy was reserved for Jews, POWs, and Ukrainians who volunteered, but it quickly turned into a massive and violent forced labor campaign in which 1.5 million Ukrainians were forced from their homes and sent to Germany to work for the Nazi military machine. Drawing from research conducted at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, this presentation will explore the methods and processes of forced labor in the context of Nazi economic and racial policy in Eastern Europe, how Ukrainians experienced forced labor in Germany, and the subsequent displacement many Ukrainians faced immediately following the end of the World War II.
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