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Rare, Mainstream Press Mention of U.S. Industrial Links to the Third Reich

The cor­po­rate logo of I.G. Far­ben.

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COMMENT: It is com­par­a­tive­ly rare to see arti­cles in the main­stream press men­tion­ing the pro­found sup­port for Nazi Ger­many among Amer­i­can indus­tri­al­ists, financiers and polit­i­cal elite.

A rare instance is a recent Dai­ly Mail arti­cle from the UK. In addi­tion to dis­cussing the links between the Thyssen indus­tri­al empire and the Bush fam­i­ly, the broad­cast under­scores I.G. Far­ben’s deci­sive role in the Ger­man war econ­o­my and its links to the largest Amer­i­can cor­po­ra­tions.

In addi­tion, the arti­cle men­tions Amer­i­ca First, an iso­la­tion­ist lob­by that was sub­si­dized by Ger­man intel­li­gence. A promi­nent mem­ber of that orga­ni­za­tion was Ger­ald Ford, lat­er a mem­ber of the War­ren Com­mis­sion.

Anoth­er mem­ber of the War­ren Com­mis­sion was Allen Dulles, men­tioned in this sto­ry for his work for Sul­li­van Cromwell.

Con­clud­ing with the wrist slap giv­en to I.G. Far­ben after the war, the pro­gram notes that John J. McCloy was instru­men­tal in the ear­ly release of those I.G. exec­u­tives who received even light sen­tences.

McCloy, too, was a mem­ber of the War­ren Com­mis­sion.

“The Spy­ing Scots­man who Hunt­ed the Nazis of New York: The Amaz­ing sto­ry of Britain’s Clan­des­tine War on Hitler’s Agents... and His Big-Mon­ey Back­ers in the US” by Adam Lebor; Dai­ly Mail [UK]; 12/28/2013.

EXCERPT: . . . . There was open sym­pa­thy for the Ger­man cause and it extend­ed to the very top of Amer­i­can soci­ety.

Sul­li­van & Cromwell, a pow­er­ful New York law firm, bro­kered numer­ous deals between Amer­i­can busi­ness and the Ger­man com­pa­nies that helped bring Hitler to pow­er.

The part­ners includ­ed John Fos­ter Dulles, who lat­er became Sec­re­tary of State, and his broth­er, Allen Dulles, America’s wartime spy­mas­ter, who became the first head of the CIA.

Stan­dard Oil, found­ed by the Rock­e­fellers, was entwined with IG Far­ben, Nazi Germany’s most pow­er­ful con­glom­er­ate. Brown Broth­ers Har­ri­man, the old­est pri­vate bank in the Unit­ed States, was con­nect­ed to Fritz Thyssen, the Ger­man steel mag­nate who had financed Hitler.

Thyssen ran his Amer­i­can busi­ness through the Union Bank­ing Cor­po­ra­tion, based in New York. Its direc­tors includ­ed Prescott Bush, father of Pres­i­dent George Bush and grand­fa­ther of Pres­i­dent George W. Bush.

Hen­ry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Com­pa­ny, was the author of the anti-Semit­ic pam­phlet, The Inter­na­tion­al Jew. He received a medal from Nazi Ger­many in 1938. Hitler kept a por­trait of him in his office. . . .

. . . . At its peak, the Amer­i­ca First Com­mit­tee, the most for­mi­da­ble iso­la­tion­ist lob­by­ing organ­i­sa­tion, had sev­er­al hun­dred thou­sand mem­bers, includ­ing future Pres­i­dent Ger­ald Ford. . . .

. . . . As the War end­ed, MacLaren went to Ger­many to build a legal case against IG Far­ben exec­u­tives. He sub­mit­ted a series of lengthy mem­os on the com­pa­ny and its lead­ers who, said MacLaren, embod­ied the dark nexus of Ger­man indus­try and the Nazi war machine. MacLaren argued, with remark­able fore­sight, that the way the Allies dealt with IG Far­ben would deter­mine the eco­nom­ic bal­ance of pow­er in post-War Europe.

‘We are deal­ing here ... with denaz­i­fi­ca­tion and demil­i­tari­sa­tion of the heart and soul of the Ger­man war machine,’ he wrote.

In 1947, 24 senior IG Far­ben offi­cials were tried for war crimes. Thir­teen were found guilty. Their sen­tences were deriso­ry. Her­mann Schmitz received four years for ‘plun­der’.

All IG Far­ben exec­u­tives were released by 1951 on the orders of John McCloy, US High Com­mis­sion­er for Ger­many.
Schmitz and his col­leagues were warm­ly wel­comed back to the Ger­man busi­ness world. The Cold War meant revi­tal­is­ing Ger­man indus­try was more impor­tant than pun­ish­ing those com­plic­it in mass mur­der.

IG Far­ben no longer legal­ly exists. It was bro­ken up into its con­stituent com­pa­nies. But they are more pow­er­ful than ever. BASF is now the world’s largest chem­i­cals com­pa­ny, with annu­al sales of almost €80 bil­lion. Bay­er is the world’s biggest pro­duc­er of aspirin. . . .

 

 

Discussion

2 comments for “Rare, Mainstream Press Mention of U.S. Industrial Links to the Third Reich”

  1. But will we ever see an arti­cle like this in the AMERICAN main­stream press? I’m not going to hold my breath while I wait.

    Posted by Tom Hartley | April 1, 2014, 7:13 pm
  2. So come on peo­ple. Learn all you can and pass it on any way you can.

    Posted by David | April 30, 2014, 5:00 am

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