The Segregated Labor Deployment

Beginning in 1938, labour offices required unemployed Jews in the German Reich to work. They were deployed separately from "aryen" workers in special labour units. Initially, they were paid according to collective agreements and many of their labour rights were honoured. Later, wages were cut and labour protection was drastically restricted. Being employed did not prevent deportation however. At best it could lead to postponement. In 1941, some 41,000 Jews were performing forced labour for the German economy.

Trennung der jüdischen Zwangsarbeiter:innen durch eine Stellwand, Berlin 1941, © Siemens Historical Institute Berlin ww0047
Jews assigned to forced labour at Siemens had to work separately from the non-Jewish employees. Adjustable partitions prevented contact between the groups.
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