via: Snopes

During the Second World War, many high profile companies took advantage when they sided with the German Nazis and made millions. Countless ads and PR has gone into distancing themselves from the Third Reich but what’s done remains in the history books forever.

1. Coca-Cola (Fanta)

German Fanta ads from the 1940s

Fanta originated as a cola substitute as a result of difficulties importing Coca-Cola syrup into Nazi Germany during World War II due to a trade embargo. The plant was effectively cut off from Coca-Cola headquarters during the war. After the war, the Coca-Cola Corporation regained control of the plant, formula, and the trademarks to the new Fanta product—as well as the plant profits made during the war.

2. Nestle

Certain subsidiaries of Nestle Group have been active in countries dominated by the Nazi party. Nestle helped with the financing of the Nazi party in Switzerland in 1939, and received a lucrative contract for a complete supply of chocolate for the German army during the Second World War.

3. Allianz

Allianz once insured Nazi death camps and refused to pay life insurance claims to its Jewish clients.

4. Kodak

Hitler’s personal advisor Wilhelm Keppler was close friends with US Company, Kodak. He persuaded Kodak to fire its Jewish employees and made money for Germany from Kodak photography purchases. Kodak’s German branch used slave laborers from concentration camps as well.

5. Hugo Boss

The use of forced laborers, mostly women, during World War II when it supplied the Nazis with uniforms.

6. Volkswagen


VW have had slave laborers making military vehicles for Hitler in World War 2. They even had a “dying room” where women would give birth and their babies would be left to die of neglect.

7. BMW

via: MTU: Aero Engines

They’ve used forced laborers, convicts and prisoners from concentration camps to supply armaments and aero engines to Hitler’s Third Reich during World War 2.

8. IBM

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IBM’s technology helped facilitate Nazi genocide through generation and tabulation of punch cards based upon national census data.

9. Ford

The Ford Motor Company knowingly allowed slave labor at its German subsidiary during the Second World War and backed its European divisions making equipment for the Nazi military. Its founder, Henry Ford, even received the Grand Cross of the German Eagle medal from Nazi officials in 1938.

10. Siemens

Prisoners at forced labor in the Siemens factory. Auschwitz camp, Poland, 1940-1944

Siemens took slave laborers during the Holocaust and had them help construct the gas chambers that would eventually kill them and their families.


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