Hitler recognized Sauckel's blind obedience and fanaticism and rewarded him with the position of plenipotentiary general for labor mobilization in March 1942. Sauckel overhauled the erratic administration and applied an efficient system based on the forced deportation of workers from the occupied territories to Germany to work in the war machine. Saukel boasted openly that of 5 million foreign workers he had secured for the Reich, only 200,000 had come voluntarily. He fully supported the brutal methods by which they were relocated and the terrible conditions in which they lived and worked.
Arrested at the end of the war, Sauckel was brought to trial at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Found guilty on 1 October 1946, he was hanged at Nuremberg on 16 October.
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