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ZDF Enterprises starts distribution of HITLER’S SLAVES

Mainz, February 8th, 2021

ZDF Enterprises announced today that filming has been completed and the worldwide distribution of the three-part documentary HITLER’S SLAVES will start immediately.

HITLER’S SLAVES is the first international documentary series which presents the topic comprehensively in its entirety, from the beginnings of forced labor in the early Nazi era to coming to terms with it after the war.

Forced labour was a mass phenomenon in Nazi Germany - organised by the regime and supported by the society: the use of forced labour in the “Third Reich” took place for all to see. The victims were not only prisoners of war, but mostly civilians. 13 million people were deported to Nazi Germany to toil as forced labourers during the Nazi dictatorship. About one in five did not survive their period of slave labour for the Germans.

The history of this public crime is the subject of a new three one-hour series HITLER’S SLAVES by filmmaker Frank Diederichs, probono Fernsehproduktion. It portrays the system of Nazi forced labour based on the fates of individual prisoners. The films combine scientific analyses with personal experiences of former forced labourers or their descendants. From the Holocaust survivor, Margot Friedländer, to the economic historian, Thomas Kuczynski, to professor of Eastern European history, Tanja Penter, with her research projects on the compensation of former Nazi forced labourers, contemporary witnesses have their say, as do numerous experts on the history of Nazi forced labour.

More information on the series at


About ZDF Enterprises
ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 and is responsible for worldwide program distribution, international co-productions, program acquisition as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for broadcaster ZDF, and for third parties. Bound into a strong group of 18 subsidiaries and affiliated companies, ZDF Enterprises manages the largest German-language program stock worldwide and an impressive portfolio of international productions, consisting of series and miniseries, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programs. ZDF Enterprises provides a comprehensive, full-service offering and covers every step in the chain of creation and exploitation of successful content, from development to production and marketing. Website:

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Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

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