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Is IKEA a Bormann Company?

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Ingvar Kamprad

COMMENT: In FTR #707 [2], we examined the ascent of fascist elements in Europe, Sweden in particular. Officially neutral during the Second World War, Sweden was home to a powerful fascist movement, driven in considerable measure by elements of that country’s power elite.

Enamored of National Socialism, many Swedish movers and shakers sought to implement fascism in their own country. Many were business partners of key Nazi industrialists and financiers.

Among those drawn to Swedish fascism was a youthful Ingvar Kamprad, the founder  of  furniture giant IKEA. Kamprad has been relatively candid about his youthful alliance with Nazism, but a recent book suggests that his Nazi activities and alliances may be far more significant than previously disclosed.

It now develops that Kamprad continued his fascist activities well after the war, networking with prominent Swedish fascist Per Engdahl [3], among others. Engdahl was instrumental [4] in shepherding the fascist international into the postwar period.

Kamprad continues to praise Engdahl [5], as well as defending his past association with the Swedish fascist kingpin.

Although much more information would need to be developed to see Kamprad’s lucrative and famous IKEA firm as an element of the Bormann capital network [6], it does seem reasonable to ask if perhaps the company’s success and its founder’s political associates [7] may be connected.

In that context, it is worth noting that Sweden was home to more Bormann [8] front companies (233) than any of the other neutral nations in which the brilliant Reichsleiter set up the entities which were to serve as repositories for the stolen wealth of the Third Reich, as well as the economic rebirth [9] of the “new” Germany.

As noted by a listener [10] in the COMMENTS on this article, IDEA was founded in 1943 when Kamprad was only 17.

One wonders if the firm’s connections in the former East Germany may have stemmed from Underground Reich elements operating in the GDR. Those connections apparently provided IKEA with forced labor, an eventuality that Kamprad opined would “be in society’s interest.”

That was, of course, during the war and after the Nazis had begun their program of going underground [11] in preparation for their postwar perpetuation and resurgence.

George Soros also got his start in business while still in his teens, aiding the Nazis with their Aryanization of Hungarian property during the Holocaust.

“Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA Founder, Has Nazi Links Explored In New Book” by Louise Hordstrom; Huffington Post; 8/27/2011. [12]

EXCERPT: A new book claims IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad’s youth ties with Nazi groups extended beyond what he has previously admitted, saying Sweden’s intelligence agency even set up a special file on him.

Respected Swedish author and journalist Elisabeth Asbrink says Kamprad joined the Swedish Nazi party in 1943 when he was 17, prompting the security police to set up a file on him the same year.

Asbrink also claims in her book, “And in Wienerwald the Trees Remain,” that the founder of Swedish furniture chain was in contact with Nazi sympathizers until at least 1950 – two years longer than he had previously acknowledged. . . .

. . . The book also mentions a wedding invitation Kamprad sent to a renown Fascist, Per Engdahl, in 1950, in which he underscored how proud he was that the two belonged to the same circle. . . .