The analysis of German industry’s conduct during the Nazi years has long presented historians with difficult interpretive problems. Until the 1980s, most historical writing on the subject of German industry under the swastika evaded these standard challenges to historical representation, and some of it still does. Once the Second World War began, German industry continued to do what it had done since 1933 - it abdicated in the face of events, playing a fundamentally reactive role in pursuit of its own interests, justifying its conduct as the performance of national and corporate duty, and in the process adding to the strength, and eventually the barbarity of Nazi policy. The history of industry under the swastika culminated during the war years in a history of readiness, in the German phrase, to walk over corpses. The leaders of firms simply came to accept the use and death of slave labourers as a condition of business in Nazi Germany.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Enterprise in the Period of Fascism in Europe|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||12|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2017|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Arts and Humanities(all)