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Russell Brand Finds out Who’s Boss

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Dave Emory’s entire life­time of work is avail­able on a flash dri­ve that can be obtained here. [2] (The flash dri­ve includes the anti-fas­cist books avail­able on this site.)

COMMENT: A recent inci­dent at a GQ par­ty high­lights the role of Third Reich vet­er­ans and mon­ey in the con­tem­po­rary Ger­man econ­o­my.

Come­di­an Rus­sell Brand was thrown out of an awards cer­e­mo­ny for tak­ing note of the Nazi links of Hugo Boss, the founder of the glob­al cloth­ing giant that car­ries his name.

Boss began mak­ing uni­forms for the Nazis in the mid-twen­ties.

Join­ing the Nazi Par­ty two years before Hitler’s ascen­sion, Hugo Boss pros­pered mak­ing uni­forms for the SS among oth­er Nazi par­ty for­ma­tions. After the com­mence­ment of hos­til­i­ties, his com­pa­ny made uni­forms for the army. 

Even­tu­al­ly, Boss’s firm employed forced labor­ers in its oper­a­tions, and agreed after the war to pay repa­ra­tions.

A glob­al force in the fash­ion indus­try, the firm undoubt­ed­ly oper­ates in con­junc­tion with the Bor­mann cap­i­tal net­work [3], which dom­i­nates cor­po­rate Ger­many and much of the world’s finan­cial and man­u­fac­tur­ing infra­struc­ture.

We also note that the inter­na­tion­al ath­let­ic wear brands Adi­das and Puma also have Nazi par­ty mem­bers as founders. Adolf Dassler [4] and his broth­er Rudolf [5] were Nazi par­ty members–the lat­ter also alleged­ly a mem­ber of the SS. Adi found­ed Adi­das, Rudolph Puma. (See text excerpts below.)

“Shame­ful Truth about Hugo Boss’s Links to the Nazis Revealed: As Rus­sell Brand Is Thrown out of a Par­ty for Accus­ing Fash­ion Design­er of Help­ing Hitler” by Guy Wal­ters; Dai­ly Mail; 9/5/2013. [6]

EXCERPT: There’s noth­ing like the pres­ence of some Nazis to ruin a per­fectly good par­ty.

On Tues­day night, the come­dian Rus­sell Brand was thrown out of GQ magazine’s Men of the Year Awards after-show for mak­ing jibes about the event’s spon­sor, Hugo Boss, and the fash­ion company’s his­toric links to the Nazi par­ty.

While on stage, Brand told the gath­ered celebri­ties and politi­cians, ‘If any­one knows a bit about his­tory and fash­ion, you know it was Hugo Boss who made uni­forms for the Nazis.’

He then added, with less than sub­tle irony, ‘But they looked f***ing fan­tas­tic, let’s face it, while they were killing peo­ple on the basis of their reli­gion and sex­u­al­i­ty.’ . . . .

. . . . . Among one of Boss’s ear­li­est clients was a tex­tiles dis­trib­u­tor called Rudolf Born, which com­mis­sioned Hugo Boss to pro­duce some brown shirts for an organ­i­sa­tion called the ‘Nation­al Social­ist Par­ty’, lat­er, to become bet­ter known as the Nazis.

Style: Hugo Boss is now a glob­al fash­ion pow­er­house

By the late Twen­ties, the grow­ing Nazi Par­ty had become a good client. And when the Par­ty sup­plied Hugo Boss (as it did oth­er man­u­fac­tur­ers) the pro­duc­tion tem­plates for its uni­forms, it appears that Boss did not see the rela­tion­ship in any­thing but com­mer­cial terms.

After all, Boss pro­duced uni­forms for many organ­i­sa­tions, includ­ing the police and the postal ser­vice, and the appar­ently apo­lit­i­cal Boss was hap­py to make clothes for who­ever paid their bills.

How­ever, on April 1, 1931, Boss took a step that would see his name — and brand — for­ever asso­ci­ated with Nazism. He joined the Nazi Par­ty and was giv­en the rel­a­tively low mem­ber­ship num­ber of 508,889.

Boss’s rea­sons for becom­ing a Nazi com­par­a­tively ear­ly were twofold. First, as a busi­ness­man, it made com­mer­cial sense, as it made it eas­ier for Boss to win con­tracts from the Nazis who were increas­ingly com­ing to dom­i­nate every aspect of Ger­man life.

Sec­ond, Boss believed that Hitler was the only man who could lift Ger­many out of its eco­nomic dol­drums.

Such a busi­nesslike atti­tude was not excep­tional. There were cer­tainly bet­ter men who refused to do busi­ness with the Par­ty, but though Boss was hap­py to sign con­tracts with them, he was not a rabid Nazi. He was sim­ply a prag­ma­tist.

Part­ly thanks to his mem­ber­ship of the par­ty, the Nazis were good to Boss. By 1933, he was able to adver­tise that he made clothes not only for the SS, but also for the Hitler Youth and the Brown­shirts — the para­mil­i­tary wing of the Nazi Par­ty.

Then in 1938, busi­ness sky­rock­eted when Boss won con­tracts to make army uni­forms. By 1940, the com­pany was turn­ing over some 1,000,000 Reichs­marks, com­pared to 200,000 Reichs­marks in 1936.

How­ever, it was still far from being a major man­u­fac­turer. In 1940, Boss was employ­ing some 250 work­ers, which made it a small to medi­um-sized firm.

Like many, Boss found it hard to find employ­ees dur­ing the war, and this is where the sto­ry does turn tru­ly dark.
Unable to fill roles, the com­pany found itself employ­ing forced work­ers from the occu­pied coun­tries.

Dur­ing the course of the war, Boss used 140 such labour­ers and for a peri­od of around eight months from Octo­ber 1940, the work­force was swelled by 40 French pris­on­ers-of-war.

Although Boss’s fac­tory was not part of a con­cen­tra­tion camp — and his labour­ers were not pris­on­ers — the con­di­tions were dread­ful. . . .

. . . . After the war, Boss was ‘de-naz­i­fied’. He was clas­si­fied as an active sup­porter of Nazism, was fined 100,000 marks, and was stripped of the right to vote and run a busi­ness.

How­ever, Boss appealed, and he was even­tu­ally clas­si­fied as a ‘fol­lower’, a less­er cat­e­gory, which meant that he was not regard­ed as an active pro­moter of Nazism. . . . .

“Adolf Dassler”; [4]Wikipedia [4]

EXCERPT: . . . . With the rise of Adolf Hitler in the 1930s, both Dassler broth­ers joined the Nazi Par­ty, with Rudolf reput­ed as being the more ardent Nation­al Socialist.[1] Rudolf was draft­ed, and lat­er cap­tured, while Adi stayed behind to pro­duce boots for the Wehrma­cht and then broke away from the Nazi Party.[2] The war exac­er­bat­ed the dif­fer­ences between the broth­ers and their wives. Rudolf, upon his cap­ture by Amer­i­can troops, was sus­pect­ed of being a mem­ber of the SS, infor­ma­tion sup­pos­ed­ly sup­plied by none oth­er than his broth­er Adi.[3]

By 1948, the rift between the broth­ers widened. Rudolf left the com­pa­ny to found Puma on the oth­er side of town (across the Aurach Riv­er), and Adolf Dassler renamed the com­pa­ny Adi­das after his own nick­name. (Adi Dassler). . . .

“Rudolf Dassler”; Wikipedia [5]

EXCERPT: . . . . Rudolf Dassler (26 March 1898 in Her­zo­ge­nau­rach, (Ger­many) — 27 Octo­ber 1974 in Her­zo­ge­nau­rach) was the Ger­man founder of the sports­wear com­pa­ny PUMA and the old­er broth­er of Adi­das founder, Adolf “Adi” Dassler. The broth­ers were part­ners in a shoe com­pa­ny Adi start­ed, Gebrüder Dassler Schuh­fab­rik (Dassler Broth­ers Shoe Fac­to­ry). Rudi joined in 1924, how­ev­er the broth­ers became rivals fol­low­ing World War II and start­ed their own com­pa­nies in 1948.

Ini­tial­ly call­ing the new com­pa­ny “Ruda” (‘Ru’­dolf Dassler), it was soon changed to its present name of Puma. Puma is the word for cougar in Ger­man as well as oth­er lan­guages, such as Span­ish, Ital­ian, French, Por­tuguese and Pol­ish. . . .