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Soldiers of Labor: Labor Service in Nazi Germany and New Deal America, 1933–1945 (Publications of the German Historical Institute)

Soldiers of Labor: Labor Service in Nazi Germany and New Deal America, 1933–1945 (Publications of the German Historical Institute)

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Kiran Klaus Patel
Cambridge University Press, 9/5/2005
EAN 9780521834162, ISBN10: 0521834163

Hardcover, 462 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 3 cm
Language: English

Originally published in 2005, Soldiers of Labor is a systematic comparison between the labor policies of the Nazi dictatorship and New Deal America. The main subject of the book is the Nazi Labor Service (Reichsarbeitsdienst), a public work scheme that provided work and education for young men. Here, the organizational setup, the educational dimension, and its practical work are extensively examined. Originally, the institution was an instrument in the fight against unemployment at the end of the Weimar Republic. After 1933, it became a Nazi propaganda tool that ultimately became involved in the Nazi's war of extermination. This study examines the similarities and differences, the mutual perceptions, and transfers between the Nazi Labor Service and its New Deal equivalent, the Civilian Conservation Corps. Patel uncovers stunning similarities between the two organizations, as well as President Roosevelt's irritating personal interest in the Nazi equivalent of his pet agency, the CCC.

List of charts and illustrations
Preface
Introduction
1. The panacea for the Great Depression? Labor service ideas and their implementation prior to 1933
2. Service to the community
the organization of the labor services
3. 'Citizens', 'Volksgenossen' and soldiers
education in the labor services
4. In 'Grandeurs of Nature'
the work of the services
Concluding reflections
Abbreviations
Sources and bibliography
Index.