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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hard At Work On Der Atlantik Wall

The pictures in the Nazi propaganda filmstrip Der Atlantik Wall now take a definite industrial turn, as they start to feature scenes of the construction of the fortifications.  The Todt Organization (TO) was responsible for these engineering projects and helped produce the filmstrip.  During the war, the TO met the massive demand for workers through forced labor drawing from the German population, concentration camp prisoners, workers from occupied countries, "volunteer" prisoners of war, military personal, etc.  Whether or not any of the workers pictured in these scenes fall into any of those categories is unclear, although many are wearing what appear to be military uniforms, and most appear to be more enthusiastic than one would think forced labor would be.

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