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11 Popular Brands Of Today That Worked With Hitler & The Nazi Party

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Did you know Kodak, Coca-Cola, and many other popular brands of today worked with the Nazi party?

According to War History Online [1]:

Kodak. During World War Two, Kodak’s German branch used slave laborers from concentration camps. Several of their other European branches did heavy business with the Nazi government. And Wilhelm Keppler, one of Hitler’s top economic advisers, had deep ties in Kodak. When Nazism began, Keppler advised Kodak and several other U.S. companies that they’d benefit by firing all of their Jewish employees. (Source: The Nation [2])

Hugo Boss. In the 1930s, Hugo Boss started making Nazi uniforms. The reason: Hugo Boss himself had joined the Nazi party, and got a contract to make the Hitler Youth, storm trooper and SS uniforms. That was a huge boon for Hugo Boss… he got the contract just eight years after founding his company… and that infusion of business helped take the company to another level.

The Nazi uniform manufacturing went so well that Hugo Boss ended up needing to bring in slave laborers in Poland and France to help out at the factory. In 1997, Hugo’s son, Siegfried Boss, told an Austrian news magazine, “Of course my father belonged to the Nazi party. But who didn’t belong back then?” (Source: New York Times [3])

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Volkswagen. Ferdinand Porsche, the man behind Volkswagen and Porsche, met with Hitler in 1934, to discuss the creation of a “people’s car.” (That’s the English translation of Volkswagen.)
Hitler told Porsche to make the car with a streamlined shape, “like a beetle.” And that’s the genesis of the Volkswagen Beetle… it wasn’t just designed for the Nazis, Hitler NAMED it.

During World War Two, it’s believed that as many as four out of every five workers at Volkswagen’s plants were slave laborers. Ferdinand Porsche even had a direct connection to Heinrich Himmler, one of the leaders of the SS, to directly request slaves from Auschwitz. (Source: The Straight Dope [4])

Bayer. During the Holocaust, a German company called IG Farben manufactured the Zyklon B gas used in the Nazi gas chambers. They also funded and helped with Josef Mengele’s “experiments” on concentration camp prisoners. IG Farben is the company that turned the single largest profit from work with the Nazis. After the War, the company was broken up. Bayer was one of its divisions, and went on to become its own company.

Oh… and aspirin was founded by a Bayer employee, Arthur Eichengrun. But Eichengrun was Jewish, and Bayer didn’t want to admit that a Jewish guy created the one product that keeps their company in business. So, to this day, Bayer officially gives credit to Felix Hoffman, a nice Aryan man, for inventing aspirin. (Source: Alliance for Human Research Protection, Pharmaceutical Achievers [5])

Siemens. Siemens took slave laborers during the Holocaust and had them help construct the gas chambers that would kill them and their families. Good people over there. Siemens also has the single biggest post-Holocaust moment of insensitivity of any of the companies on this list. In 2001, they tried to trademark the word “Zyklon” (which means “cyclone” in German) to become the name a new line of products… including a line of gas ovens.

Zyklon, of course, being the name of the poison gas used in their gas chambers during the Holocaust.

A week later, after several watchdog groups appropriately freaked out, Siemens withdrew the application. They said they never drew the connection between the Zyklon B gas used during the Holocaust and their proposed Zyklon line of products. (Source: BBC [6])

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Coca-Cola, specifically Fanta. Coke played both sides during World War Two… they supported the American troops but also kept making soda for the Nazis. Then, in 1941, the German branch of Coke ran out of syrup, and couldn’t get any from America because of wartime restrictions. So they invented a new drink, specifically for the Nazis: A fruit-flavored soda called Fanta. That’s right: Long before Fanta was associated with a bunch of exotic women singing a god-awful jingle, it was the unofficial drink of Nazi Germany. (Source: Wikipedia / The Daily Mail [7])

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Ford. Henry Ford is a pretty legendary anti-Semite, so this makes sense. He was Hitler’s most famous foreign backer. On his 75th birthday, in 1938, Ford received a Nazi medal, designed for “distinguished foreigners.”  He profiteered off both sides of the War — he was producing vehicles for the Nazis AND for the Allies. I’m wondering if, in a completely misguided piece of logic, Allianz points to the Detroit Lions giving Ford the naming rights to their stadium as a reason why they should get the rights to the Meadowlands. (Source: Reformed Theology [8])

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Standard Oil. The Luftwaffe needed tetraethyl lead gas in order to get their planes off the ground. Standard Oil was one of only three companies that could manufacture that type of fuel. So they did.
Without them, the German air force never could’ve even gotten their planes off the ground. When Standard Oil was dissolved as a monopoly, it led to ExxonMobil, Chevron and BP, all of which are still around today. (But fortunately, their parent company’s past decision to make incredible profits off of war have not carried on.) (Source: MIT’s Thistle [9])

Chase bank. A lot of banks sided with the Nazis during World War Two. Chase is the most prominent.A lot of banks were naughty boys during the war—especially those in Switzerland—and Chase were right up there with the worst of them. Chase’s Paris branch was doing deals with the Nazis with the full knowledge of the American head office before and after Pearl Harbor. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Chase’s collusion with the Third Reich.Over the years, Chase has been accused of freezing a lot of European-based Jews’ accounts—effectively reducing their ability to flee to an allied country and all but destroying their chance of survival. An investigation by the BBC found that up to 100 Jewish bank accounts were frozen by Chase during the war. (Source: New York Times [10])

 IBM. IBM custom-build machines for the Nazis that they could use to track everything… from oil supplies to train schedules into death camps to Jewish bank accounts to individual Holocaust victims themselves. In September of 1939, when Germany invaded Poland, the “New York Times” reported that three million Jews were going to be “immediately removed” from Poland and were likely going to be “exterminat[ed].”

IBM’s reaction? An internal memo saying that, due to that “situation”, they really needed to step up production on high-speed alphabetizing equipment. (Source: CNet [11])

Random House publishing. Random House’s parent company, Bertelsmann A.G., worked for the Nazis… they published Hitler propaganda, and a book called “Sterilization and Euthanasia: A Contribution to Applied Christian Ethics”. Bertelsmann still owns and operates several companies. I picked Random House because they drew controversy in 1997 when they decided to expand the definition of Nazi in Webster’s Dictionary. Eleven years ago, they added the colloquial, softened definition of “a person who is fanatically dedicated to or seeks to control a specified activity, practice, etc.” (Think “Soup Nazi”.)

The Anti-Defamation League called that expanded definition offensive… especially when added by a company with Nazi ties… they said it, quote, “trivializes and denies the murderous intent and actions of the Nazi regime… it also cheapens the language by allowing people to reach for a quick word fix… [and] lends a helping hand to those whose aim is to prove that the Nazis were really not such terrible people.” (Source: New York Observer, ADL [12])

Sources:

[1] https://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/you-knew-these-right-11-house-hold-names-that-worked-with-the-nazis-during-wwii.html

[2] http://www.thenation.com/doc/20010326/friedman

[3] http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B00E4DF153FF936A2575BC0A961958260

[4] http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1095/did-krups-braun-and-mercedes-benz-make-nazi-concentration-camp-ovens

[5] http://www.chemheritage.org/educationalservices/pharm/asp/asp60.htm

[6] http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/2233890.stm

[7] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2979582/Coca-Cola-pulls-Nazi-Fanta-advertisement-referred-1940s-good-old-times.html

[8] http://reformed-theology.org/html/books/wall_street/chapter_06.htm

[9] http://mit.edu/thistle/www/v13/3/oil.html

[10] http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E02E5DE123EF934A35752C1A96E958260

[11] http://news.cnet.com/Probing-IBMs-Nazi-connection/2009-1082_3-269157.html

[12] http://www.adl.org/presrele/holna_52/2881_52.asp

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  • Tj Timberlake

    This is what scum vile evil people do to line their own pockets, they LOVE war they back BOTH sides and can NEVER lose !!!

  • Laurent Mousson

    Well, that metal Coca-Cola thingy looked older than WWII to me, and indeed it is. It was distributed in the US (not Germany) in 1925, and the postcards probably are froma similar era. It’s a case “innocent” use of the swastika previous to it being hijacked by the nazis (see also Carlsberg Brewery in Denmark from 1904 on, q.v. http://www.carlsberggroup.com/Company/heritage/Pages/CarlJacobsenstrademark1881.aspx). Indeed, Coca-Cola did business with Nazi Germany, but this rather undiscriminate use of images that aren’t historically relaevant undermines the article a little bit…

  • Carmel Kushnir

    I’m reading the article and wondering…. Why is the author of this didn’t wrote the names of the people who own today these companies? I think it’ll be nice to know who are the nazis that still run them? It very Suspicious to me

  • Miss.Anne Thropee

    Well researched piece. Very well-written, and as someone else took notice of, the Coca Cola swastika (made from pewter, if my memory serves me correctly) is older than WWII, as I have seen a few in private sales or memorabilia stores.

    I also would like to point out, for all that it is worth, that despite the ugliness that defined the entire agenda, it should be noted, as with anything, History is not pretty (and sometimes not even close to accurate, depending on what books you have read and own, or documentaries that present their conclusions) There were so many areas of the ‘mystical’ that The Nazi’s were instrumental in, including Holy relics, Himmler’s Occult practices, and specifically Dr.Mengele whom, through his medical experiments–as lurid as they were–did help in many of the medicines, and/or medical practices that have helped many more benefit from in modern medicine…

    As for another subject many here may find interest in is UFO’s. A whole other faculty, which we now know were successful in being the first to construct a genuine ‘Flying Saucer’, it was never finished, though, as the Allies came, making sure to not leave without the plans and actual almost functional finished product, to bring back and use. Which they did, and we now have seen has been utilized by American engineers for advancement in aerodynamics.

  • PliSsK

    Most of the above is rather uninteresting. Only if they used slave labour or received stolen money would it be considered ‘dodgy’ and worthy of an apology for after the event. Otherwise, the Nazi government had numerous contractors, do you expect them all to say sorry? It’s ridiculous. I don’t see any liberals stop wearing IWC watches or likewise. Our Western governments sell ARMS to countries with dubious human rights records, surely selling arms is worse than supplying military clothing or watches? We manufacture all our goods in China, the country with the worse genocide record on the entire planet. Nearly all the European govt leaders approved of Hitler as useful for standing up to communism and helping the Germany economy up until 1939 when they invaded Poland along with our future allies the Russians.

    • Msindisi Ung Hayworth

      Yes. Shows the hypocrisy of the world when there is such a strong support for boycotting, divesting and sanctioning Israel but such a blind eye is turned where there is actual genocide taking place, especially of their own citizens.

  • Aireanna

    It was never a big surprise or shock that big business backed both sides of the war and past issues are important but I think people should focus less on what happened back then and focus on what’s happening right now in different countries look at what’s happening in South Africa to the white settlers there they are being murdered and wiped out and no one is doing anything to protect them not even their own government. I’m sorry but what happened in World War Two was horrible but let’s focus on what’s happening today stop focusing on the past and start focusing on the present.

    • Naro Zakheim

      the same shit is happening now too… same people…. promoting the same interests…. if you thought WW2 was bad…. wait till you see WW3… yes… enjoy the present… coz the future is fucked :/

    • mrgustav

      Really, the most marginalized and terrorized group in the world today you can come up with are whites in South Africa? WOW.

  • https://www.facebook.com/Project36C JORIAL

    Nice try but I checked it on SNOPES. All of the above is complete bullshit.

    • Numbertwo Rushfan

      Snopes, lol, are you serious? Why would you trust those Dis-info-agents?

  • coffeepotdome

    What about America’s post WWII space program that employed many former German rocket scientists that designed the V2 rockets used to bombard the Allies?

  • Jake Jones