Hitler's Slave Lords - The Business of Forced Labour in Occupied Europe, by Michael Thad Allen
Book published by Tempus in 2004, 352 pages. Hardback in Dust Jacket (N6215X1)
From the front inside fly leaf: During the Second World War, hundreds of thousands of prisoners were worked to death by the Nazis under a brutal system of slave labour in the concentration camps. By 1942, this vast network of slavery extended across all of German-occupied Europe, yet the whole operation was run by a surprisingly small staff of bureaucrats - no more than 200 officials of the Business Administration Main Office of the SS (WVHA).
The WVHA began organizing large-scale concentration camp factories in 1938. Thereafter, many of Germany's best-known corporations actively sought out the SS's labour reserves. The WVHA also oversaw the construction of the gas chambers at Auschwitz and, after 1942, attempted to balance the Third Reich's demand for workers with the ongoing elimination of European Jews in the Holocaust Bureaucrats assigned contingents of slave labourers to work in Germany's war industries until these same bureaucrats declared the exhausted prisoners 'unfit to work' and sent them to their deaths in the gas chambers.
Michael Thad Allen powerfully contradicts the assumption that the SS forced slavery upon the German economy, demonstrating that instead industrialists from many of Germany's best-known corporations actively sought out its expertise in managing slavery. Moreover, while the bureaucrats who oversaw Holocaust operations have often been seen as technocrats or simple 'cogs in the machinery', Allen reveals their ideological dedication, even fanatical devotion, to slavery and genocide in the name of National Socialism.
The condition of the book is generally very good. The dust jacket has one or two very minor scuffs and blemishes, and some light wear along the edges, but the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.