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Are the Nazi-linked Backgrounds of Some of America's Biggest Corporations a Clue to the Direction We Are Headed?

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"Do they think this will make us buy more plastic?"  

No, I answered;   the only purpose of those million-dollar ads is to keep the station from featuring stories that show plastics in a bad light.   Another example:   Archer Daniels Midland doesn't dump millions of dollars into National Public Radio because it's a good citizen or because it will help convince you to buy half a ton of lycine from them, but rather to keep NPR on a leash.   It's simply a disguised kind of payoff that allows them to continue to profit handsomely from getting away with murder.

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Similarly, the mainstream media is afraid to acknowledge that our war in Iraq was a complete and total waste of three trillion dollars and three thousand American lives, and that it will cost us another trillion or two just to take care of the many thousands of wounded and disabled vets for the next 50 years -- vets who are committing suicide at a higher rate than they were killed in the war when they were on active duty.   So how long will it be before we get into another such war?   After all, wars are so very profitable for many of our major corporations, who have always been willing to betray us at the drop of a hat.   They always have been and they always will be.   No?   You don't think so?

Read "Trading with the Enemy," by Charles Higham for the full story of the sordid dealings of much of America's corporate elite with the Nazis, both before and throughout the war, and the punishments that were meted out -- to those who tried to expose the Nazi-American connection!

Excerpts from the preface of that book

Several of the greatest American corporate leaders were in league with Nazi corporations before and after Pearl Harbor.   Among those corporations our corporate leaders collaborated with were I.G. Farben, the colossal Nazi industrial trust that created Auschwitz.   Our corporate leaders interlocked through an association I have dubbed The Fraternity.   Each of these US business leaders was entangled with the others through interlocking directorates or financial sources.   All were represented internationally by the National City Bank [today's Citibank] or by the Chase National Bank and by the Nazi attorneys Gerhardt Westrick and Dr. Heinrich Albert.   All had connections to that crucial Nazi economist, Emil Puhl, of Hitler's Reichsbank and the Bank for International Settlements.

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"Our tycoons were linked by an ideology known as the ideology of Business as Usual.   Bound by identical reactionary ideas, the members sought a common future in fascist domination, regardless of which world leader might further that ambition.   (Hitler's face even appeared on the cover   of Time Magazine as "Man of the Year" in 1939.  

"Several members of The Fraternity not only sought a continuing alliance of interests for the duration of World War II but supported the idea of a negotiated peace with Germany that would bar any reorganization of Europe along liberal lines.   It would leave as its residue a police state that would place "The Fraternity" in postwar possession of financial, industrial, and political autonomy.   When it was clear that Germany was losing the war the businessmen became notably more "loyal."   Then, when war was over, the survivors pushed into Germany, protected their assets, restored Nazi friends to high office, helped provoke the Cold War, and thereby insured the permanent financial future of The Fraternity.

"To this day the vast majority of Americans have no idea that The Fraternity ever existed.   The government smothered all information about it, during and even (inexcusably) after the war.   After all, what would have happened if millions of American and British people, struggling with coupons and lines at the gas stations, had learned that in 1942 Standard Oil of New Jersey managers shipped the enemy's fuel through neutral Switzerland and that the Nazis were operating their army on American fuel?   Suppose the public had discovered that the Chase Bank in Nazi-occupied Paris after Pearl Harbor was doing millions of dollars' worth of business with the Nazis, with the full knowledge of Chase's head office in Manhattan?   Or that Ford trucks were being built for the German occupation troops in France with full authorization from Dearborn, Michigan?   Or that Colonel Sosthenes Behn, the head of the international American telephone conglomerate ITT, flew from New York to Madrid to Berne during the war to help improve Hitler's communications systems and improve the robot bombs that devastated London?   Or that ITT helped build the Focke Wulf fighter planes that dropped bombs on, and strafed, British and American troops?   Or that hundreds of thousands of strategically-important ball bearings were shipped to Nazi-associated customers in Latin America with the collusion of the vice-chairman of the U.S. War Production Board operating in partnership with Herman Goring's cousin in Philadelphia -- when American military machine manufacturers were desperately short of them?   Or that all these arrangements were known about in Washington and either sanctioned or deliberately ignored?


"For the government did sanction such dubious transactions -- both before and after Pearl Harbor.   A presidential edict, issued six days after December 7, 1941, actually set up the legislation whereby licensing arrangements for trading with the enemy could officially be granted.   Often during the years after Pearl Harbor the government permitted such trading.   For example, ITT was allowed to continue its relations with the Axis and Japan until 1945, even though that conglomerate was regarded as an official instrument of United States Intelligence.   No attempt was made to prevent Ford from retaining its interests for the Germans in Occupied France, nor were the Chase Bank or the Morgan Bank expressly forbidden to keep open their branches in Occupied Paris.   It is indicated that the Reichsbank and Nazi Ministry of Economics made promises to certain U.S. corporate leaders that their properties would not be injured after the Fuhrer was victorious.   Thus, the bosses of the multinationals knew that whichever side won the war, they would not be adversely affected.   (Why gamble and risk billions when you don't have to?)


"It is important to consider the size of American investments in Nazi Germany at the time of Pearl Harbor.   These amounted to an estimated total of $475 million (which would be many hundreds of billions in today's dollars).   Standard Oil of New Jersey had $120 million invested there;   General Motors had $35 million;   ITT had $30 million; and Ford had $17.5 million -- invested in Nazi Germany!   ....  

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It is interesting that whereas there is no evidence of any serious attempt by Roosevelt to impeach the guilty in the United States, there is evidence that Hitler strove to punish certain German Fraternity associates on the grounds of treason to the Nazi state.   Indeed, in the case of ITT, perhaps the most flagrant of the corporations in its outright dealings with the enemy, Hitler and his postmaster general, the venerable Wilhelm Ohnesorge, strove to impound the German end of the business.   But even they were powerless in such a situation:   the Gestapo leader of counterintelligence, Walter Schellenberg, was a prominent director and shareholder of ITT by arrangement with New York -- and even Hitler dared not cross the Gestapo.

"As for Roosevelt, the Sphinx still keeps his secrets.   That supreme politician held all of the forces of collusion and betrayal in balance, publicly praising those executives whom he knew to be questionable.   Before Pearl Harbor, he allowed such egregious executives as James D.   Mooney of General Motors and William Rhodes Davis of the Davis Oil Company to enjoy pleasant tete-a-tetes with Hitler and Goring, while maintaining a careful record of what they were doing.   During the war, J. Edgar Hoover, Adolf A. Berle, Henry Morgenthau, and Harold Ickes kept the President fully advised of all internal and external transgressions.   ....

Why did high-level officials of the American government allow these transgressions to continue after Pearl Harbor?  

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Several years after receiving my M.A. in social science (interdisciplinary studies) I was an instructor at S.F. State University for a year, but then went back to designing automated machinery, and then tech writing, in Silicon Valley. I've (more...)

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