The Materiality of Forced Labor: An Archaeological Exploration of Punishment in Nazi Germany

  title={The Materiality of Forced Labor: An Archaeological Exploration of Punishment in Nazi Germany},
  author={Maria Theresia Starzmann},
  journal={International Journal of Historical Archaeology},
  • M. Starzmann
  • Published 25 June 2015
  • History
  • International Journal of Historical Archaeology
In capitalist contexts, penalty seeks to turn citizens into “productive” members of society. This is particularly visible in political systems that rely on forced labor, where the painful logic of punishment merges political subjugation with economic exploitation. Recent archaeological research on a former Nazi forced labor camp at Tempelhof airfield in Berlin underscores how an increasing reliance on unfree labor in the manufacture of German military aircrafts during the Second World War went… 
6 Citations
Colonial Institutions: Uses, Subversions, and Material Afterlives
Archaeologically based explorations of colonialism or institutions are common case-studies in global historical archaeology, but the “colonial institution”—the role of institutions as operatives of
The Fragment and the Testimony: Reflections on Absence and Time in the Archaeology of Prisons and Camps
The archaeological record forms around historical silences—moments of effacement, removal, or obliteration of traces of the past. Drawing on research conducted at a former Nazi forced labor camp in
The Great War and Its Landscapes Between Memory and Oblivion: the Case of Prisoners of War Camps in Tuchola and Czersk, Poland
Many sites related to the First World War are forgotten and neglected in today’s Poland. This paper shortly presents the ways of practicing “conflict archaeology” in Poland and it discusses results
Conglomerate infrastructures: ordinary sites used for extraordinary regimes of power
ABSTRACT Largescale programs require complex and integrated infrastructures to carry out the aims of power. In the case of the WWII mass removal and incarceration of all Japanese Americans living on


Book Review: Twice the Work of Free Labor: The Political Economy of Convict Labor in the New South
This book marks a welcome resurgence of scholarship on the subject of in prisons and the peculiar labor regime of convict leasing that existed predominantly in the South during the late 19th and
Forced Laborers in Nazi Germany: Categories, Numbers, and Survivors
When Germany and Austria discussed the matter of compensating former forced laborers in the German economy during World War II, it became clear that no definitive estimate of how many were still
Excavating Tempelhof airfield: objects of memory and the politics of absence
Seeking to critically engage with German post-war politics of memory through a study of material culture, this paper examines the political implications of absence for archaeological work. More
Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity
The punitive turn of penal policy in the United States after the acme of the Civil Rights movement responds not to rising criminal insecurity but to the social insecurity spawned by the fragmentation
Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison
This writer who has warned us of the “ideological” function of both the oeuvre and the author as unquestioned forms of discursive organization has gone quite far in constituting for both these
Remembering forced labor for Nazi Germany
Can Nazi forced labor be considered slavery? What did it have in common with other systems of coerced labor that have appeared throughout history? What aspects are specifi c to it? I do not endeavor
The compensation of Nazi Germany's forced labourers: Demographic findings and political implications
Although all parties involved in the settlement say that the compensation should benefit those victim groups most discriminated against in Nazi Germany, it is found that the actual distribution of compensation payments is strongly influenced by bargaining power and political preferences.
Exceptional Space: Concentration Camps and Labor Compounds in Late Nineteenth-Century South Africa
This chapter explores and compares the causes and effects of colonial labor camps and concentration camps in nineteenth-century southern Africa. This comparison is an attempt to understand the
Lockdown: On the Materiality of Confinement
Any meaningful exploration of internment immediately raises an unsettling cluster of underlying questions. Why does confinement exist? Why would a modern state expend tremendous resources (both
Matériel culture: the archaeology of Twentieth-Century conflict
Materiel culture encompasses the material remains of conflict, from buildings and monuments to artefacts and militia, as well as human remains. This collection of essays, from an international range