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Media Reports - 2001
by order of most recent date:

  • The Secret History of World War II
    The Boston Globe
    March 11 - December 3, 2001
    The Boston Globe reexamines the history of World War II in light of the release of millions of previously classified documents. This series is based on some of the more than 3 million files the CIA is declassifying as part of a global effort to unlock the last stash of secrets about World War II war crimes.

  • BBC News | BUSINESS | IG Farben to be dissolved
    Germany's IG Farben, which made the poison Zyklon-B gas used in Nazi death camps, will be wound up by 2003, 50 years after going into liquidation.
    Monday, 17 September, 2001
    Company names appearing in this article are:
    • Agfa (former complete subsidiary of Bayer AG) now Agfa-Gevaert Group (Belgium)
    • BASF (BASF Aktiengesellschaft) (formerly part of IG Farben) (Germany)
    • Bayer AG (formerly part of IG Farben) (Germany)
    • Hoechst (now Aventis) (formerly part of IG Farben) (Germany)

  • BBC News | EUROPE | Swiss come clean on Nazi dealings
    Swiss businesses were making use of slave labour, mostly imported by the Nazis from eastern Europe, in their German subsidiary companies. The research was carried out by an independent commission led by Swiss historian Jean Francois Bergier, mandated by parliament to shed light on the country's past.
    The report says that companies like AIAG and BBC, which supplied basic materials, as well as food giant Nestle, were aware that forced labour was being used in their German subsidiaries. "As a rule they were not worried or uneasy about the situation, and as long as production was maintained they had no thoughts of intervening in the management or personnel policy of their subsidiaries," says the report.
    Thursday, 30 August, 2001
    Company names appearing in this article are:
    • ABB Ltd. (Brown Boveri & Cie, AG ("BBC")
    • Algroup/Alusuisse Group AG (ALIG) previous to that known as Swiss Aluminium Industrie AG (AIAG), now owned by Alcan, Inc. (Canada)
    • Nestlé S.A. (Nestle) (Switzerland)

  • [PDF] Under Cover
    The traditional image of the insurance agent made perfect cover. Who would ever suspect that boring drone of a bureaucrat was a spy?
    by Mark Fritz
    American Academy of Actuaries: Contingencies Magazine
    May/June 2001
    Company names appearing in this article are:
    • American International Group (USA)
    • Munich Re Group (Germany)
    • Royal Dutch Shell (Netherlands)
    • Swiss Reinsurance (Switzerland)
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    The Secret (Insurance) Agent Men
    by Mark Fritz
    Los Angeles Times
    September 22, 2000
    American insurance companies had been competing furiously for overseas business even after the United States entered the war, and the OSS files suggest that details about U.S. factories and cities were falling into enemy hands because of the interlocking international relationships among insurance companies.
    The documents also said that two New York insurance executives, Cecil Stewart and Stewart Hopps, also came under scrutiny for selling war insurance to strategic U.S. industries and reselling some of the risk to Latin American affiliates linked to Nazi insurers. The men also ran a steamship company that chartered tankers for Royal Dutch Shell, a Nazi collaborator that used [Adolf Hitler]'s slave laborers.
    When the tide of the war began to turn and German insurers began losing money, the U.S. insurance agents learned that Nazi insurers were pleading for peace. A source in Stockholm revealed in late 1943 that insurers advised Hitler's people that "ruin threatens all life and fire insurance companies in Germany." WWII unit gathered underwriters’ data, such as bomb plant blueprints, from warring nations, declassified U.S. files show.

    Company names appearing in this article are:
    • American International Group (USA)
    • Munich Re Group (Germany)
    • Royal Dutch Shell (Netherlands)
    • Swiss Reinsurance (Switzerland)

    Vatican Bank Claims
    May 11, 2001
    Ukrainians, Serbs, Russians and others who were forced to work for Swiss owned firms such as Nestle, Ciba-Geigy, Sandoz, Novartis, Hoffmann-La Roche, Maggi, Wander, and many other companies in Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Austria. Italy, France, Belgium, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Hungary, and Norway now may be compensated.
    Company names appearing in this article are:
    • Nestlé S.A. (Nestle) (Switzerland)
    • Ciba and Geigy (Novartis)
    • Sandoz (Novartis)
    • Novartis AG (Ciba and Geigy merged in 1970, Sandoz and Ciba integrated to form Novartis in 1996) (Switzerland)
    • Hoffmann-La Roche (Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. (Roche), based in Nutley, N.J., is the U.S. prescription drug unit of the Roche Group) (Switzerland)
    • Maggi (a subsidiary company of Nestlé S.A. (Nestle) (Switzerland)
    • Wander AG (Switzerland)

    May 2, 2001
    Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, P.L.L.C.
    Company names appearing in this article are:
    • IBM (International Business Machines) (USA)

  • NARA - Holocaust-Era Assets - Turning History into Justice: Holocaust-Era Assets Records, Research, and Restitution
    U.S. National Archives & Records Administration
    War and Civilization Lecture University of North Carolina-Wilmington, North Carolina
    April 19, 2001
    Greg Bradsher
    From the end of World War II until five years ago the Holocaust was primarily viewed as the greatest murder in history. And indeed it was. But since the spring of 1996 it has become ever more apparent that the Holocaust was also the greatest robbery in history. The Nazi-era witnessed the direct and indirect theft of well over $150 billion of tangible assets of victims of Nazi persecution.
    Company names appearing in this article are:
    • Assicurazioni Generali (Italy)
    • Allianz AG (Germany)
    • Ford Motor Company (USA)
    • Nestlé S.A. (Nestle) (Switzerland)

  • Kodak's Nazi Connections
    March 26, 2001
    Company names appearing in this article are:
    • Eastman Kodak Company (USA)

  • Commentary: IBM Technology Helped Facilitate the Holocaust
    February 19, 2001
    By Michael D. Hausfeld, printed in the Los Angeles Times, 2/19/01
    IBM is a company that prides itself on solutions. Recently disclosed materials, however, reveal a chilling portrait of the company's complicity in the evil of the Nazis' search for the "Final Solution."
    Company names appearing in this article are:
    • IBM (International Business Machines) (USA)

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