Forced Labor. The Germans, the Forced Laborers and the War

International Exhibition
July 2 – October 31, 2014
Royal Summer Palace, Prague Castle

The international exhibition titled “Forced Labor. The Germans, the Forced Laborers and the War” is being held at the Royal Summer Palace in Prague Castle from July 2 to October 31, 2014. After its inauguration at the Jewish Museum in Berlin in 2010, it was presented in Moscow, Dortmund and, most recently, Warsaw.
In Germany during World War II, forced laborers were exploited on nearly every building site and farm, in every industrial enterprise, and even in private households. Over 20 million men, women, and children were taken to Germany and the occupied territories from all over Europe as “foreign workers,” prisoners of war, and concentration camp inmates to perform forced labor.

The exhibition “Forced Labor. The Germans, the Forced Laborers, and the War” provides the first comprehensive presentation of the history of forced labor and its ramifications after 1945. The various items and photographs on exhibition allow viewers to explore the racially defined relationship between Germans and forced laborers. They also show how forced labor was part of the Nazi regime’s racist social order from the outset.
The exhibition is organized by the Prague Castle Administration, created by the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation, in cooperation with the Czech-German Fund for the Future, initiated and financed by the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (EVZ).
The Prague exhibition is held under the patronage of the President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman and the President of the Federal Republic of Germany Joachim Gauck.


Opening of the Exhibition

July 1, 2014, Prague Castle


From July 2, 2014, Prague Castle

Accompanying Program

September 4, 2014, Prague Castle