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The Deutsche Ausrüstungswerke (DAW) was a defense contractor in Nazi Germany, which was operated by the SS with its headquarters in Berlin.

The business enterprise was founded in May 1939 and was in operation until 1943. About 15,500 Concentration camp prisoners lost their lives due to heavy work loads being ordered by the contractor. They operated several businesses in the Dachau Concentration Camp, Sachsenhausen, Buchenwald, Auschwitz, where forced labor was used. Work was later moved to Majdanek concentration camp, KZ Lviv, Stutthof, and other camps.

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  • Jan Erik Schulte: forced labor and extermination . The business empire of the SS Oswald Pohl and the SS Economic and Administrative Main Office from 1933 to 1945 . Paderborn 2001, ISBN 3-506-78245-2 .

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