Sunday, November 28

▷ ZDFinfo documentary about a life in forced labor and tyranny

25.10.2021 – 16:03


Mainz (ots)

She survived Stalin’s terror, her deportation to the German Reich, the racism of the Nazis, her use as a Nazi slave laborer and the tyranny in the Soviet Union after the war: Nadeshda Slessarewa was the victim of two totalitarian regimes, founded a women’s center for victims of totalitarian regimes as a pensioner works for a Nazi victims’ association. The ZDFinfo documentary “The forced laborer – Nadeshda’s long way home”, which is already available online in the ZDFmediathek, describes her life story – to be seen on Friday, October 29, 2021, 6.15 p.m., on ZDFinfo at the beginning of a documentary evening in which Until 0.45 am seven other documentaries report on “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “The Last Witnesses of Auschwitz”.

The Ukrainian Nadezhda Slessarewa, born in 1930, initially had a happy childhood – but then Stalin’s terror hit the family with full force. Nadeshda was less than seven years old when her father, who worked as a scientist, was arrested and executed as an “enemy of the people”. Her mother, who worked as a teacher, was sent to a so-called corrective labor camp in Siberia, known as the gulag. After the German armed forces conquered the Ukraine, the then 13-year-old Nadeshda was abducted with her adoptive parents to the “Third Reich” and there forced to do slave labor – the former slave laborer was stigmatized as the “child of a traitor” after the war. Nevertheless, she finished school, studied, married, earned her doctorate, had two children and has been campaigning for the memory of the Nazi slave laborers for decades.

The documentary evening on Friday, October 29, 2021, in ZDFinfo:

18.15 Uhr: "Die Zwangsarbeiterin – Nadeshdas langer Weg nach Hause"
18.45 Uhr: "Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank – Geschichte einer Familie"
19.30 Uhr: "Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank – Geschichte eines Verrats"
20.15 Uhr: "Schindlers Liste – Eine wahre Geschichte"
21.00 Uhr: "Medizinische Experimente in Auschwitz"
21.45 Uhr: "Ein Tag in Auschwitz"
23.15 Uhr: "Die letzten Zeugen von Auschwitz – Mahner der Zukunft"
24.00 Uhr: "Die Deutschen und der Holocaust"
Ansprechpartner: Thomas Hagedorn, Telefon: 06131 – 70-13802;
Presse-Desk, Telefon: 06131 – 70-12108, [email protected]

Photos are available from ZDF Press and Information, phone: 06131 – 70-16100, and from

“The forced laborer – Nadeshda’s long way home” in the ZDFmediathek:

ZDFinfo in the ZDFmediathek:

Press contact:

ZDF press and information
Phone: +49-6131-70-12121

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