National Socialist German Workers’ Party
The Head of the Party Chancellery
Führer’s Headquarters, May 5, 1943
Circular No. 70/43
Subject: Memorandum concerning the general principles governing the treatment of foreign workers employed in the Reich.
The Reich Propaganda Ministry and the Reich Security Main Office have issued a joint memorandum on the treatment of foreign workers employed in the Reich.
Please use the enclosed copy to educate party members and German compatriots about the need to take a firm but just approach to the treatment of foreign workers.
This memorandum is not to be made public.
Signed: M. Bormann.
Concerning the general principles governing the treatment of foreign workers employed in the Reich. [April 15, 1943]
The Reich’s struggle against the destructive forces of Bolshevism is increasingly becoming a European affair. For the first time in the history of this continent, the outlines of a European solidarity are beginning to emerge, albeit only in small measure in some countries. One practical result of this [emerging European solidarity] can be seen in the fact that millions of foreign workers, from almost all the countries of the European continent, are employed in the Reich. This group includes a large number of members of defeated enemy forces. This fact imposes upon the German people special obligations; these derive primarily from the following principles: