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Title: Victory in Europe Day: These American Corporations Aided Nazi Germany
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URL Source: https://www.mintpressnews.com/victo ... ons-aided-nazi-germany/267345/
Published: May 11, 2020
Author: Alan Macleod
Post Date: 2020-05-11 09:40:31 by Ada
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From Coca-Cola to Nestle, some of the most iconic American brands eagerly took part in the Nazi experiment.

May 8 marks the 75th anniversary of the Allied armies’ victory in Europe, the day when they accepted the formal surrender of Nazi Germany after a bitter, six-year-long struggle that saw tens of millions killed in fighting, famines or exterminated in death camps. While many novel socially-distanced celebrations across the world are going on, some large corporations are laying low in the knowledge that they actively collaborated with and helped Hitler’s war machine.

Standard Oil, a huge monolith now split up into a myriad of smaller ones, including Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP, and Marathon, was crucial to both prolonging and intensifying the bloodiest conflict in human history. In the 1930s and 1940s, only the United States and Venezuela produced large quantities of oil. Starved of the substance, Germany was almost completely dependent on imports from the Western hemisphere, which Standard Oil dominated. Even after the United States declared war on Germany, it continued to use a great array of tricks to fuel Germany’s war effort, quietly filling up German tankers in the Spanish Canary Islands who would then transport the crucial liquid to German ports. Indeed, one historian quipped that “Without the explicit help of Standard Oil, the Nazi air force would never have gotten off the ground in the first place.”

The American business community was deeply impressed by Hitler. Wall Street executive Prescott Bush (the father and grandfather of two presidents) aided Hitler’s rise and even organized a failed coup to overthrow President Roosevelt and install German-style fascism in the United States. Chase Bank performed a number of key duties for the Nazis, including accepting, laundering and converting their money into foreign currency. In 1945, they were placed on trial in a federal court for violation of the Trading with the Enemy Act. And if there is one thing Henry Ford is known for besides his cars, it is his antisemitism. Ford himself received a medal from Hitler in 1938 and profiteered from both sides during the war, manufacturing vehicles for both the Allies and the Nazis. The company is also widely accused of knowingly using slave labor in its German plants. In 2000, Food giant Nestle paid out over $14 million to survivors for the same practice. Nazi Coca-Cola

German Fanta ads circa the 1940s

Despite being an iconic American brand, Coca-Cola was also intimately intertwined with fascism, conducting years-long publicity campaigns associating itself with Nazism and the Hitler Youth. As a result, between 1933 and 1939, the company’s sales in Germany rocketed 4,400 percent. As Coke syrup shipments dried up during the war, the company created a new drink for the German market that still exists to this day: Fanta.

Perhaps New York-based tech company IBM has the most infamous connection to the Nazis, however. Through their subsidiary, Dehomag, the company supplied Hitler with new technology to identify undesirable classes of people and to facilitate their transport to extermination camps. IBM made huge profits designing and manufacturing a system of punch cards that allowed officials to search through databases to identify individuals for extermination, expanding their business as the Holocaust accelerated.

While many corporations are keen for the day to be over, other groups want the public to remember their particular version of events. The U.K. Foreign Office, for example, released a video where Russia’s role in bringing about the end of the war was barely to be seen. NATO’s Joint Force Commander in Naples, Admiral James Foggo, also described the brave Allied forces engaged in combat in North Africa, Normandy and Italy, but appeared to make a point of not mentioning any of the far larger battles that raged on the Eastern Front, between Soviet and Axis forces. Meanwhile, NATO-linked think tank the Atlantic Council used the occasion to accuse Putin of hijacking V-E Day to push Russian aggression in Eastern Europe. The Soviet Union comprised 80 percent of German casualties, with the current Russian government estimating their own total losses at 26.6 million people. In contrast, the U.S. did not enter the European area in any serious numbers until well after the tide had been turned, the Soviets driving Axis forces back hundreds of miles out of Russia and Ukraine by 1944. However, decades of propaganda have got people to forget these inconvenient facts; by 2015, only 11 percent of Americans and 15 percent of Britons answered the U.S.S.R. when asked which country contributed most to the defeat of Hitler.

Lest we forget, remembrance is always political. There are some who would prefer we remember certain particular aspects of events. There are others who would prefer we forgot altogether.

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#1. To: Ada (#0)

The "winners" spin and write the history.

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.” ~ H. L. Mencken

Lod  posted on  2020-05-11   10:31:23 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Lod (#1)

The "winners" spin and write the history.

And omit stuff like:

Even after the United States declared war on Germany, it continued to use a great array of tricks to fuel Germany’s war effort, quietly filling up German tankers in the Spanish Canary Islands who would then transport the crucial liquid to German ports. Indeed, one historian quipped that “Without the explicit help of Standard Oil, the Nazi air force would never have gotten off the ground in the first place.”

Ada  posted on  2020-05-11   12:04:54 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Ada (#2)

Yes, I read the articles before posting.

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.” ~ H. L. Mencken

Lod  posted on  2020-05-11   13:28:14 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Lod (#3)

Wasn't criticizing. Knew most of that stuff before except the bit about Esso which has always had a shady reputation.

Ada  posted on  2020-05-11   16:50:52 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Ada (#4)

Corporations want to live and flourish regardless the circumstances swirling around them. They don't really care who buys their products as long as the check clears the bank.

You well know that most all America was rooting for Hitler, until the unfortunate incident at Pearl...

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.” ~ H. L. Mencken

Lod  posted on  2020-05-11   20:25:57 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Lod, noone222, Ada, all (#5)

You well know that most all America was rooting for Hitler, until the unfortunate incident at Pearl...

Really?

Odd, I was there. Rewriting history to suit a narrative is commonplace, no wonder the young have no foundation in history.

In the 1930s there was NO instant communication, PEOPLE HAD TO THINK FOR THEMSELVES. Herd mentality was not in vogue.

Five cents a day was spent on a newspaper, with a small black and white diagram of Europe and what Hitler was doing. We KNEW my two older brothers would be taken away, one never came back. I resent being told what I and the rest of the unwashed were for or against.

Cynicom  posted on  2020-05-12   4:58:48 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Cynicom (#6)

Hitler was the toast of the world for taking Germany from crushing unemployment and hyper-inflation to full employment (by force if necessary) and printing its own Mark notes.

The Fuhrer was Time Magazine Man of the Year 1938, cover story 2 Jan 1939.

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.” ~ H. L. Mencken

Lod  posted on  2020-05-12   7:34:32 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Lod, noone222, Ada, all revionists (#7)

"""Person of the Year (called Man of the Year or Woman of the Year until 1999)[1] is an annual issue of the United States news magazine Time that features and profiles a person, a group, an idea, or an object that """for better or for worse... has done the most to influence the events of the year"

This was at the time,"Time Magazine credo". Note the words better or WORSE???

Personally, we had never read Time as we could not afford it.

This was the original post, """You well know that most all America was rooting for Hitler""". THAT IS TOTALLY FALSE.

Cynicom  posted on  2020-05-12   8:26:18 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Lod (#7)

and printing its own Mark notes

Hjalmar Schacht was President of the President of the National Bank (Reichsbank) 1933–1939.

He was later dismissed from government service and was later interned at concentration camps. He was one of the 134 special and clan prisoners[a] who were transported by the SS from Dachau into the "Alpine Fortress" to Niederdorf in South Tyrol, where they were freed on 30 April 1945.

"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one." Edmund Burke

BTP Holdings  posted on  2020-05-12   11:18:32 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Lod (#5)

True. Ford was selling tractors to the Soviets during the 1920s.

80% of Americans were anti-war. Don't think they were actually rooting for Hitler.

Ada  posted on  2020-05-12   12:39:43 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: Ada, Lod, noone222, BTP HOLDINGS (#10)

80% of Americans were anti-war. Don't think they were actually rooting for Hitler.

Hitlers nephew served in US military during WWII.

He even won a medal for bravery.

When I lived in NYC Hitlers relatives lived on Long Island, Valley Stream rings a bell but been long time.

There is copy of letter his nephew wrote to FDR asking he be allowed into military. It use to be available on internet.

If memory serves me correctly, I believe even Goering had a relative in US military.

So much that we were mostly pro German.

Cynicom  posted on  2020-05-12   13:08:05 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: Ada (#10)

Ford was selling tractors to the Soviets during the 1920s.

I seriously doubt there were any tractor manufactures in Soviet Russia during the 1920's. ;)

"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one." Edmund Burke

BTP Holdings  posted on  2020-05-12   13:08:54 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: BTP Holdings (#12)

No doubt that's the reason they bought from Ford. My mother's cousin was an engineer who involved and said that the Russians just let the tractors rust because they didn't know how to take care of them.

Ada  posted on  2020-05-12   20:10:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#14. To: Cynicom (#11)

Perhaps I am cynical, but I doubt Hitler's and Goering's relatives were anti-Germany prior to our declaring war on Germany.

Ada  posted on  2020-05-12   20:16:59 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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