Forced Labour under national socialism

In the preamble to the Foundation Law, the Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" was mandated to keep alive the remembrance of National Socialist injustice for future generations. Accordingly, following the completion of payments to former forced labourers in 2008, the Foundation is continuing to support projects that address the theme of forced labour under National Socialism.


Payments to former Forced Labourers

The central task of the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” was to disburse payments to former forced labourers and other victims of National Socialist injustice. A total of EUR 4.37 billion was paid out to more than 1.66 million people in almost 100 countries. These payments were concluded on 12 June 2007 at an official ceremony by German President Horst Köhler in the presence of the Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel. In addition to this the Foundation has promoted humanitarian programmes and is continuing to do so via its partner organisations. Not least as a consequence of the disbursement procedure, the perception of the injustice of forced labour during National Socialism has changed and intensified. Furthermore, the applications and other communications contributed many new facts about this period. The Foundation sees one of its central tasks to lie in historical work addressing forced labour during National Socialism. more



The international exhibition »Forced labor. The Germans, the forced laborers, and the war« tells the complete history of this crime for the first time. Over 20 million people in the German Reich and countries under German occupation were subjected to forced labour. The exhibition shows how forced labour was part of the racist social system of the National Socialist state from the outset. more

International Exhibition

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

Final Report of compensation programmes