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The paper describes how General Motors and Ford became an integral part of the Nazi war effort in Germany. The paper discusses the subhuman conditions faced by slaves and forced laborers who performed strenuous, back-breaking work for these corporations. The paper addresses how a modern state came to rely heavily on forced labor through cruel and oppressive measures. The paper looks at the compensation finally offered by Ford, Volkswagen, Daimler-Benz and General Motors and the survivors' reaction to this.
From the Paper:"After the autumn of 1941, the German political-economic logic of occupation was set aside and the Third Reich vision of total conquest took over. Taking its cue from the political regime, the automobile industry threw tens of thousands of foreign workers and concentration camp inmates into its battle to produce airplane motors, trucks, tanks, and spare parts. The facilities of the automobile factories had become collections of labor processes and assembly lines which the brutalized men and women deported from their homes could service. The dialectic which haunted the history of this industry- the seemingly inescapable economic vulnerability of its enterprises in a land where most people still couldn't afford to purchase their own cars, coupled with its constant effort to project power and to accumulate wealth- consumed the thousands of laborers working in its factories."
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Justice Delayed (2007, July 30) Retrieved January 26, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/research-paper/justice-delayed-97268/
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