This DVD treats the different working and living conditions of people in the Ruhr valley around the year 1900 and refers to the thesis of the sociologist Li Fischer-Eckert. She conducted interviews with working class women on their living conditions in the workers’ housing estates in 1911 and 1912. Based on her findings, she divided the workers in four classes: The first one has a “cosy home without luxury or deprivations”, those in the second class live “on the verge of deprivation”, the poorer workers “are defeated by unfavourable conditions” and those in the fourth class live in “complete neglect”. With the kitchen-cum-living-rooms set up in the Ruhrland Museum, which are shown and described in the film in an impressive way, a direct insight is offered into the workers’ lives. Furthermore, work in heavy industry and mining, the strict reign of the employers as well as the changes in social policy and the workers’ fight for their rights are discussed.