The Business of Genocide: The SS, Slave Labor, and the Concentration Camps

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Univ of North Carolina Press, Feb 1, 2005 - History - 377 pages
During World War II, hundreds of thousands of prisoners were worked to death by the Nazis under a brutal system of slave labor in the concentration camps. By 1942, this vast network of slavery extended across all of German-occupied Europe, but the whole o
 

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This book is about the rise and fall of the WVHA Office of the SS (SS Business Administration Main Office). Slave labor and genocide were effectively managed to keep the German war production going ... Read full review

Contents

Origins of the SS The Ideology is the Modern Organization
19
The New Administrative Officers of the SS
21
The Führer Principle
29
Heinrich Himmlers Favored Industrial Projects
31
Theodor Eickes Total Institution and the Primacy of Policing
36
Origins of the SS Construction Corps
48
A Political Economy of Misery The SS Führer Corporation
57
The German Earth and Stone Works
58
My Newly Erected House Slavery in the Modern War Economy
165
Industry and Ideology
167
The Rise of Albert Speer
171
Putting the SSs House in Order for Total War
177
The Armaments Ministrys First Pilot Projects
190
The Hour of The Engineer
202
Rehearsals
204
The SS and the Rocket Team
208

Profits from Womens Work
72
Opportunistic Idealists and the Shady Legality of SS Industry
78
The Organic Corporation
92
Manufacturing a New Order
97
The Final Form of the German Commercial Operations
107
Modern Msmanagement of Slave Labor
112
Engineering a New Order
128
A High Degree of Order?
129
Handcrafting the New Order
133
Modern Engineering in the SS
140
The Great Industrial Tasks of the SS
148
Engineering Ideology
158
Mittelwerk and DoraMittelbau
214
Labor at DoraMittelbau
222
The Fighter Staff
232
Total War and the End in Rubble
240
Modern Management and Its Discontents
252
The End
260
Epilogue
271
Notes
287
Bibliography
347
Index
367
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Page 4 - This is like an automatic factory, like a flour mill connected with some bakery. At one end you put in a Jew who still has some property, a factory, or a shop, or a bank account, and he goes through the building from counter to counter, from office to office, and comes out at the other end without any money, without any rights, with only a passport on which it says: 'You must leave the country within a fortnight. Otherwise you will go to a concentration camp.

About the author (2005)

Michael Thad Allen is associate professor of modern German history and the history of technology at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

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