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Labour Front
1943
Almost 700,000 French citizens worked as forced labour in...
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Labour Front
Excerpt  (3:18) 1943, director:
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Almost 700,000 French citizens worked as forced labour in Nazi war industries. This policy is attributed to growing Nazi desperation: Germans are suffering massive losses to the "Russian meat grinder" on the Eastern front. A link is made to the growing incidence of sabotage within German factories. Dark scenes of "fascist slavery" contrast with brighter depictions of Allied labour practices.

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This film on the mobilization of manpower during World War II shows how the workers on production lines produced a tremendous volume of materials for the Allied war effort. It points out that after the war these workers expect to find the opportunities of peace.