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Compensation in Practice: The Foundation 'Remembrance, Responsibility and Future' and the Legacy of Forced Labour during the Third Reich

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Compensation in Practice

The Foundation 'Remembrance, Responsibility and Future' and the Legacy of Forced Labour during the Third Reich

Edited by Constantin Goschler

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266 pages, 2 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-637-9 25% OFF! $120.00/£85.00 $90.00/£63.75 Hb Published (September 2017)

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“This highly informative collection is very well executed, and it will be especially valuable for English readers. Its contributors have been careful to keep their analytical distance from the sponsoring organization, offering accounts of its work and results that are balanced and candid.” · Peter Hayes, Northwestern University

“One of the strengths of this volume is that it offers a wide range of information, analysis and insights with far-reaching implications not only for historical research, but also for future policy initiatives, thanks to the rare view it gives into the inner workings of the Foundation ‘Remembrance, Responsibility, and Future.’ Ultimately, the book makes a compelling case for the role professional historians can play beyond the academy.” · Elizabeth Vlossak, Brock University


Founded in 2000, the German Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” is one of the largest transitional justice initiatives in history: in cooperation with its international partner organizations, it has to date paid over 4 billion euros to nearly 1.7 million survivors of forced labour during the Nazi Era. This volume provides an unparalleled look at the Foundation’s creation, operations, and prospects after nearly two decades of existence, with valuable insights not just for historians but for a range of scholars, professionals, and others involved in human rights and reconciliation efforts.

Constantin Goschler is a Professor of Modern History at the Ruhr-University Bochum whose main research interests are transitional justice, security and surveillance studies, and biopolitics. His publications include a number of books on the history of compensation for Nazi victims, among them Robbery and Restitution: The Conflict over Jewish Property in Europe (Berghahn 2007).

Subject: Postwar History WWII History
Area: Germany


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List of Abbreviations

Günter Saathoff

Constantin Goschler

Chapter 1. The Long Shadow Cast by Nazi Forced Labour: Changing Concepts of Compensation and Definitions of Persecutees since 1945
Henning Borggräfe

Chapter 2. The Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” 1999–2007: 
The Final Chapter of Compensation for Nazi Injustice?
Benno Nietzel

Chapter 3. The Jewish Claims Conference and Compensation for Nazi Forced Labour 1951–2008
Benno Nietzel

Chapter 4. Compensating the Rest of the World. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM)
Paul Erker

Chapter 5. The Forced Labourer Payments Programme in Poland: Practices and Perceptions
Michael G. Esch

Chapter 6. Compensation for Forced Labourers in the Czech Republic
Stephanie Zloch

Chapter 7. “We Cannot Allow the Words of Apology to Sound only on Gravestones”: Forced Labourer Compensation in the Ukraine
Julia Landau

Chapter 8. Compensation for Nazi Forced Labour in Post-Soviet Russia and Belarus
Tanja Penter


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