Aiding and Abetting

How bottom lines superseded enemy lines in World War II.

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IG Farben, Corporate Hydra

It is impossible to discuss these relationships without discussing the behemoth known as IG Farben. Originally a German chemical complex, it became a business gateway between Germany and America. The Aluminum Company of America [Alcoa], General Electric, and Standard Oil were just a few of the American firms involved in this multi-national cartel.

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The Arsenal of Democracy…and Nazism

In 1998, historians were employed on both sides of a lawsuit filed against Ford and GM, pressing for admission of their ties to the Third Reich. As two companies who established themselves early on as ‘the arsenal of democracy’, as well as the intrinsic patriotism in their branding, they could not afford the embarrassment of telling the general public they supplied both sides of the war. Imagine the American troops’ dismay when, rushing up to meet their German enemies, they found the Nazis using some of the same vehicles, only with different badges on their grilles.

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Henry Ford receiving the Grand Cross of the German Eagle. No tailors were available, however.

I’d like to buy the Reich a Coke

During World War II, Coca-Cola bolstered the company’s image by dedicating itself to providing every soldier with Coca-Cola, in exchange for being largely exempt from the sugar rationing in place in the United States, and freely using the US military as a freight courier.

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The enemy of my enemy is my…country?

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Agnes Bluhm

THINK of people as numbers

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Bibliography

Black, Edwin, Hitler’s Carmaker: The Inside Story of How General Motors Helped Mobilize the Third Reich (Global Research, 2007).

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