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FTR #96 German Corporate Acquisitions in the United States

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In 1998, Ger­man cor­po­ra­tions accel­er­at­ed their pur­chas­es of Amer­i­can cor­po­ra­tions. In addi­tion to the rel­a­tive­ly well-pub­li­cized acqui­si­tion of the Chrysler Cor­po­ra­tion by Daim­ler-Benz, Ger­man pub­lish­ers have all but tak­en-over the Amer­i­can book busi­ness. These seg­ments doc­u­ment the con­ti­nu­ity between the “cor­po­ratism” of the Third Reich and the con­tem­po­rary Ger­man cor­po­ra­tions involved in the above pur­chas­es. By pur­chas­ing Ran­dom House Inc., Ber­tels­mann became the largest Eng­lish-lan­guage pub­lish­ing out­fit in the world, with a sales vol­ume expect­ed to be rough­ly dou­ble that of its clos­est com­peti­tor. The Von Holzbrinck com­pa­ny is anoth­er major play­er in the Amer­i­can pub­lish­ing. Although its founder claims to have been opposed to Hitler, he was actu­al­ly an ardent Nazi, who ben­e­fit­ed hand­some­ly from the Third Reich and hired ex-Nazis to staff his oper­a­tions after the war (includ­ing one noto­ri­ous ex-SS man.) The pro­gram also doc­u­ments the pro­found Nazi influ­ence on Daim­ler-Benz, an inte­gral com­po­nent of Ger­man war pro­duc­tion under Hitler. The com­pa­ny made exten­sive use of slave labor, prof­it­ed enor­mous­ly from the Third Reich and was acquired by Nazi indus­tri­al­ist Friedrich Flick after the war. A con­vict­ed war crim­i­nal, Flick acquired a 50% inter­est in Daim­ler-Benz and staffed its post-war board of direc­tors with fel­low Third Reich alum­ni. The pro­gram stress­es the inex­tri­ca­ble link between the key Ger­man cor­po­ra­tions and the remark­able and dead­ly Bor­mann flight cap­i­tal orga­ni­za­tion, the eco­nom­ic com­po­nent of an “under­ground Reich” and an enti­ty that Mr. Emory believes will prove to be the deci­sive ele­ment in human affairs on this plan­et. Last­ly, the broad­cast ana­lyzes the above cor­po­rate maneu­ver­ing against the sce­nario set forth in the Nazi tract Ser­pen­t’s Walk.


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