Forced labourers from Ukraine in Nazi Germany


Introduction & case studies of 4 Ukrainian „Ostarbeiter“
23 October 2021, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)

Dr. Gelinada Grinchenko, historian (Kharkiv)
Dr. Anton Galushka-Adaikin, historian (Kharkiv)
Andrej Novak, chairman One Europe e. V. (Nuremberg)

Despite the fact that the millions of forced labourers were probably the most visible category of victims of the regime that the population in Nazi Germany would see on a daily basis, they do not occupy a significant part of Word War II memory today. So much so that they are half-forgotten. With our seminar, we want to dive the history of forced labourers with a focus on so-called Ostarbeiter from Ukraine. Ostarbeiter were between 3 and 5.5 million forced labourers from the Soviet Union (of 12 million total forced labourers), were mostly from Ukraine and occupied a low place in the hierarchy even among those forced to work for the „Third Reich“. After repatriation to the Soviet Union, many had to endure more forced labour before returning home and later faced stigmatisation for having worked for the enemy, despite the fact that many were children when they were taken away.In 2 seminar blocks of 2 hours each, we will first get an introduction into the topic of Ostarbeiter and then after the lunch break learn about the stories of 4 Ostarbeiter from Ukraine from their testimonies, archive materials and other evidence.The language of the seminar is English.

Knowledge of German, Ukrainian & Russian is a plus for understanding archive materials and eyewitness testimonials.Kindly register before the seminar and you will be sent further information about the seminar and the Zoom access information.

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The seminar is conducted within the framework of the Ukraine Calling Alumni Network with kind support of Robert Bosch Stiftung, Stuttgart.