The German army brought countless regions and countries across Europe under its sphere of influence. All the countries occupied by November 1942 are marked in gray on this map. The Germans deported millions of people from these countries for forced labor. Others stayed in their native countries and were made to perform forced labor there.

“Occupied eastern territories” is recorded as the country of origin on many documents relating to civilian forced laborers from the Soviet Union. This area comprises the regions that are now Ukraine, Belarus, parts of Russia, and the Baltic States.