Henry Ford & The Ford Motor Company

ijvol1-2-coverHitler was an admirer of American mass production techniques and an avid reader of the antisemitic tracts penned by Henry Ford. “I regard Henry Ford as my inspiration,” Hitler told a Detroit News reporter two years before becoming the German chancellor in 1933. In 1922, The New York Times reported that Adolf Hitler’s office contained a large picture of the American motor manufacturer, Henry Ford. A well-thumbed copy of The International Jew was found in his library. At the Nuremberg Trials, Baldur von Schirach mentioned that The International Jew made a deep impression on Hitler and his friends in their youth and influenced them in becoming anti-Semitic.

Of the 350,000 trucks used by the motorized German Army as of 1942, roughly one-third were Ford-made. When American troops reached the European theater, Ford trucks prominently present in the supply lines of the Wehrmacht were understandably an unpleasant sight to men in the U.S. Army.

The Ford plant at Cologne, Germany proved to be so important to the Reich’s war effort that the Allies bombed it on several occasions. A secret 1944 US Air Force “Target Information Sheet” on the factory said that for the previous five years it had been “geared for war production on a high level.”

Ford claims to have lost control of its German division, Fordwerke, before it started using forced labor.  However, Ford  placed a rabid Nazi as head of its German operations. US Government documents show that Ford was in constant communication with the Ford plants in Nazi-occupied Vichy France.

Business and the Holocaust
Stock Maven Research Center
Links to Documents Pertaining to Henry Ford’s Association with the Nazis

Business and the Holocaust
Ford and the Fuhrer
Stock Maven Research Center

Ford and the Führer
New Documents Reveal the Close Ties
Between Dearborn and the Nazis
By Ken Silverstein, January 24, 2000
The Nation

Ford ‘profited from Nazi slave labour’
BBC News

Ford Germany Agrees to Make Military Vehicles for German High Command
Skepticism

The Ford Motor Company and The Third Reich
Dimensions – A Journal of Holocaust Studies
Vol 13 No 2
Anti-Defamation League

Text of FBI file Ford
Henry Ford page 56
Stock Maven

Power, Ignorance, and Anti-Semitism:
Henry Ford and His War on Jews
by Jonathan R. Logsdon

Ford and GM Scrutinized for Alleged Nazi Collaboration
Washington Post

Full text:
The International Jew – The World’s Foremost Problem (Henry Ford) (1920’s)
Internet Archive

Anti-Semitism in the United States:
Henry Ford Invents a Jewish Conspiracy
Jewish Virtual Library

Ford and the Fuhrer:
New Documents Reveal the Close Ties Between Dearborn and the Nazis; material alleges that Ford Motor Co. made equipment for Nazi Germany, even for a few months after the US entered the war.
by Ken Silverstein
Stock Maven

Book Excerpt:
The American Axis:
Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh and the Rise of the Third Reich
by Max Wallace
Stock Maven

Ford’s Anti-Semitism
PBS

Henry Ford and His Anti-Semitism
Traces

Interview: Ford’s Anti-Semitism
PBS

Ford ‘used slave labour’ in Nazi German plants
The Telegraph

B’RITH ABRAHAM HEAD ATTACKS HENRY FORD
The New York Times Company.
May 9, 1921; page 11
Stock Maven

The International Jew
Wikipedia

Full text:
The International Jew – The World’s Foremost Problem (Henry Ford) (1920’s)
Internet Archive

Anti-Semitism in the United States:
Henry Ford Invents a Jewish Conspiracy
Jewish Virtual Library

Anti-Semitism in the U.S.:
“The International Jew”
Henry Ford Sr. (1920)
Jewish Virtual Library

 

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