Business and the Holocaust: German Companies

degesch“The great majority of German businessmen behaved in a decidedly unheroic manner during the Nazi era. Most of them, especially leaders of larger companies, not only refrained from risking their lives to save Jews, but actually profited from the use of forced and slave labor, the “Aryanization” of Jewish property, and the plundering of companies in Nazi-occupied Europe.
 
 
Even within the context of a dictatorship that demanded high levels of production for war, industrialists made choices as individuals. They approached the SS for cheap labor; they decided whether to buy a Jewish company at a fraction of its value; they determined how forced and slave laborers would be treated in their factories.”
 
S. Jonathan Wiesen – Dimensions: A Journal of Holocaust Studies
 
I.G. Farben
Siemens
Krupp
Porsche
Volkswagen
Daimler-Benz
BMW
Audi
Dr. Oetker
Hugo Boss
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