Publisher description for Soldiers of labor : labor service in Nazi Germany and New Deal America, 1933-1945 / Kiran Klaus Patel ; translated by Thomas Dunlap.


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Counter Soldiers of Labor is the first 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.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Germany, Reichsarbeitsdienst, Labor service Germany, Labor service United States, National socialism