chapter  3
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DISCIPLINING BODIES: EXILE AND INVOLUNTARY LABOUR

Some of the women whom I interviewed were recruited into the Nazi war effort during this period and worked, often under conditions of severe hardship, for periods of varying lengths in different branches of industry or in the agriculture sector. It is here that their long lives of hard labour began. I look at the work that they undertook, the ways in which they were regulated and controlled as units of labour and at the racial distinctions embedded in the National Socialist ideology that meant that Latvian women were constructed as superior to other women workers and so treated marginally more favourably.