Memorial museums to Nazi forced labour, located at former sites of forced labour camps, commemorate the people who had to perform forced labour under National Socialism, in their function as foreign civilian forced laborers, prisoners of war, or concentration camp inmates. The camps were usually set up by the labour administration and situated near industrial sites and other places of employment, usually in cooperation with the factories and companies.
The focus of these memorial museums is often on the living conditions of people in civilian-organised forced labour and on individual fates. The involvement of large corporations and individual companies, as well as government agencies and private employers, is addressed at these sites.
Exploitation through forced labour was also a central reason for the creation of many other camps in the world of Nazi concentration and prisoner-of-war camps, especially in the last two years of the war. Forced labour, thus, is a cross-cutting theme that is also addressed at many other sites.
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