Prisoner B-3087, Alan Gratz, addresses real-world issues including forced labor. He presents sub textual commentary on each issue and believes that forced labor takes away the freedom that every person should have thus making it wrong.
There are many controversies throughout "Prisoner B-3087" that shape the plot and characters throughout the book. A young boy named Jakob has to basically survive on his own while the Nazis attack and take control of his country. He has to survive through many hardships such as working in mines, surviving with little food, and keeping his mouth shut. One of the big controversies that Jacob faced throughout the book is labor being forced upon him .
Forced labor is the forcing of humans against their will to do something. During World War II (WW2) the Nazi's made millions of people into concentration camps where they were forced to work until death. This is controversial because the U.S. values are built upon the premise that all people are free.
Forced labor is controversial due to the unfairness enforced upon people. A lot of people in Europe got sent to work in concentration camps. Many of them died because of the work that they were forced to do. In the first verse of Labor In And Labor Out, Brendan M. Rumney writes, "Hours beaten into every which way, Break down the sudden impact of things". This quote shows that forced labor is full of torture, as well as how the harsh labor environment and hours doing such slowly affected them in negative ways. In the book Prisoner B-3087 Jakob was also tortured with labor when he said "It was backbreaking work: digging out a level patch of earth, hauling rocks in wheelbarrows, hammering boards in place"(Gratz). All in all, forced labor is unfair, torturous and harsh to people affected.
Many people were put in concentration camps to work in insanely harsh conditions. There was little food, a lot of pollution and diseases spreading making it hard to survive the labor. According to the Holocaust Memorable Museum, "About 6 million people died in labor in concentration camps during WW2". This quote shows that concentration camps labor is really harsh and the conditions in the camps so poor that the people died from it by the millions. Jakob had to live through 4 years of hard labor, working as hard as he can to survive the Nazis. As the days go on the conditions get worse, "Again and again prisoners die of starvation and suffocation"(Gratz). In the end, forced labor is not humanely right and the peoples bodies could only take it for so long due to the hard conditions.
In conclusion, forced labor is unfair, torturous, and harsh to humanity. Even though there is still slavery today it can be stopped. The event and controversies Jakob went through shaped his life to what it is today. This is a controversial event from the subtext of Prisoner B-3087.
“Documenting Numbers of Victims of the Holocaust and Nazi Persecution.” United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/documenting-numbers-of-victims-of-the-holocaust-and-nazi-persecution.