History seminar: Professor Johannes Dieter Steinert

History seminar: Professor Johannes Dieter Steinert

LIMERICK HISTORY RESEARCH SEMINARS - SPRING 2016-17
 
Further details: Professor Anthony McElligott, Anthony.McElligott@ul.ie; Anne.Marie.ODonnell@ul.ie
 
7 March: Professor Johannes Dieter Steinert, University of Wolverhampton
Polish and Soviet child forced labourers in Nazi Germany, 1939-1945
 

International research has widely neglected that a great number of the forced labourers in National Socialist Germany and German occupied Eastern Europe were children. They worked in all branches of industry, in agriculture and as domestics in German households. The Wehrmacht and SS deployed children in construction work on fortifications, bridges, roads and airfields. Based on a wide range of published and unpublished documents and testimonies, this paper will focus on Polish and Soviet children deported to Germany, who – apart from Jewish forced labourers – had to endure the worst working and living conditions. Moreover, German occupation policies in Poland and the Soviet Union were far more brutal than in any other country, and German deportation practices the most inhuman. While the emphasis of this paper is on the victims and their experiences, these will be placed within the broad and crucial context of the political and ideological imperatives of the National Socialist perpetrators. By addressing age and gender as categories for analysis, the paper will focus in particular on: (1) The process of deportation. (2) Living and working conditions in Germany. (3) Liberation and repatriation.

 Johannes-Dieter Steinert is Professor of Modern European History and Migration Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, UK, and Senior Fellow at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (2015). His research interests focus on German, British and European social and political history, with special emphasis on international migration and minorities, forced migration, forced labour, survivors of Nazi persecution, and international humanitarian assistance. Most recent book publication: Deportation und Zwangsarbeit. Polnische und sowjetische Kinder im nationalsozialitischen Deutschland und im besetzten Osteuropa 1939-1945, Essen: Klartext 2013. Current research project: Jewish child forced labourers in National Socialist Germany and German occupied Eastern Europe, 1938-1945.

 
VENUE: FAHSS Seminar Room ~ C1079 ~ 1PM