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Labour Policy in Industry

  • From 1933 onwards industrial law was transformed from one which protected employees to one intended to secure the regime’s power over them. In the Third Reich the political and ideological aims of the regime - under the cloak of ‘Volk und Rasse’ (nation and race) - became the guiding principles of a new labour law. Evidence of this can be found in the destruction of trade unions, the arbitrary treatment to which non-conforming employees could be subjected, the integration of employees into the network of National Socialist institutions, the authoritarian wage policy, the rapidly vanishing significance of labour courts and the ascendancy of legal offices of the German Labour Front (Deutsche Arbeitsfront, DAF), which propagated the theory of a racist national community (Volksgemeinschaft).

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Author:Rüdiger HachtmannGND
Parent Title (English):German industry in the Nazi period
Place of publication:Stuttgart
Editor:Christoph Buchheim
Document Type:Part of a Book
Date of Publication (online):2017/05/18
Date of first Publication:2008/01/01
Publishing Institution:Leibniz-Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam (ZZF) - Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam (ZZF)
Release Date:2017/05/18
First Page:65
Last Page:83
ZZF Regional-Classification:Europa / Westeuropa / Deutschland
ZZF Topic-Classification:Nationalsozialismus
ZZF Chronological-Classification:1940er
Licence (German):License LogoZZF - Clio Lizenz