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I G Farben: Papers regarding slave labour


Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 691

Held at: Wiener Library

Title: I G Farben: Papers regarding slave labour

Date(s): 1956-1957

Level of description: collection

Extent: 1 folder

Name of creator(s): Interessen-Gemeinschaft Farbenindustrie x I G Farben


Administrative/Biographical history:

Interessen-Gemeinschaft Farbenindustrie was a German conglomerate of companies formed in 1925 - many produced dyes, but soon later turning to advanced chemistry. IG Farben was founded as a reaction to Germany's defeat in World War One and held a monopoly on chemical production. During the National Socialist regime, it manufactured Zyklon B, a poison used for delousing, and later used as the lethal agent in the gas chambers of the death camps of Auschwitz and Majdanek. The company was a major user of slave labour and as a result 13 directors of IG Farben were sentenced to prison terms between one and eight years before a US military tribunal at the Nuremberg Trials, following the IG Farben Trial (1947-1948). As a result, in 1951, the company was split up into the original constituent companies.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of I G Farben, 1956-1957, relate to the company's use of slave labour and comprise a copy of a letter from I G Farben denying that Salomon Freimann worked for them whilst a concentration camp inmate and a copy of an agreement between I G Farben and the Conference of Jewish Material Claims against Germany, concerning claims arising out of the employment of Jewish concentration camp prisoners in their factories in the region of Auschwitz.


Language/scripts of material: German

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Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.

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Finding aids:

A detailed description exists on the Wiener Library's online catalogue


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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Jewish Central Information Office


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Archivist's note: Compiled by Samantha Velumyl.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2008

Chemical industry | Manufacturing industry | Industry
Concentration camps | War crimes | Humanitarian law
Conflict resolution | International conflicts
Factory workers | Workers | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Forced labour | Labour
Holocaust | Genocide | War crimes | Humanitarian law
Slavery | Social structure

Personal names

Corporate names
Auschwitz concentration camp
Interessen-Gemeinschaft Farbenindustrie x I G Farben