Study Notes

National Labour Service

AQA, Edexcel, OCR

The National Labour Service was a form of employment for the unemployed. It was created in 1933, and fulfilled a key Nazi promise to bring employment. The National Labour Service, provided the workforce for the huge public works programme which the Nazis were implementing. The projects which the National Labour Service completed included road building and other projects which were good for the Reich. 

Membership of the Labour Service was made compulsory in 1935 for all young men. Service to the Labour Service was for six months. The Labour Service was run like the military, a similarity to many other Nazi organisations. Members lived in camps near the projects and wore a special uniform. The pay was low, but as far as the Nazis were concerned, the projects were for the good of the Reich. 

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