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Bank of New York Company, Inc.
French implicate U.S. banks
February 12, 1999
by LEE YANOWITCH - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Jewish News of Greater Phoenix
Company names appearing in this article are:
  • American Express (USA)
  • Bank of the City of New York (Bank of New York) (USA)
  • Chase Manhattan (J.P. Morgan Chase & Company) (USA)
  • Guaranty Trust Co. of New York (acquired by J.P. Morgan & Co.) (J.P. Morgan Chase & Company) (USA)
  • J.P. Morgan (J.P. Morgan Chase & Company) (USA)
BBC News | Europe | US banks gave Jewish money to Nazis
A French government commission, investigating the seizure of Jewish bank accounts during the Second World War, says five American banks, Chase Manhattan, J.P. Morgan, Guaranty Trust Co. of New York, Bank of the City of New York and American Express, took part.
A commission member Claire Andrieu said that at the time, the United States was not at war with Germany, and the American banks could have behaved differently.
Wednesday, 3 February, 1999
Company names appearing in this article are:
  • American Express Company (USA)
  • Bank of New York Company, Inc. (USA)
  • Chase Manhattan (now J.P. Morgan Chase & Company) (USA)
  • Guaranty Trust Co. of New York (acquired by J.P. Morgan & Co.) (J.P. Morgan Chase & Company) (USA)
  • J.P. Morgan (J.P. Morgan Chase & Company) (USA)
Barclays PLC
Central Office for Holocaust Claims (UK) - Bank Accounts
The Association of Jewish Refugees
Barclays and J P Morgan set up a fund to pay compensation for their role in operating with the Vichy and occupational authorities to plunder systematically the bank accounts, safe deposit boxes and other valuables of their Jewish clients...
Company names appearing in this article are:
  • Barclays PLC (UK)
  • Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen (AG Austria)
  • J.P. Morgan (J.P. Morgan Chase & Company) (USA)
  • Lloyds TSB Group PLC (UK)
  • J.P. Morgan et Cie (France)
  • Rothschild Frères (France)
BBC News | The Company File | Barclays to compensate Jews
Barclays Bank has agreed to pay $3.6m to Jews whose assets were seized from French branches of the British-based bank during World War II. Barclays, along with seven French banks, was named in a lawsuit filed in New York on behalf of Jews who were unable to reclaim money they deposited during the Nazi era.
Recently unclassified reports from the US Treasury about the activities of Chase Manhattan Bank in Paris in the 1940s indicate that the local branch worked "in close collaboration with the German authorities" in freezing Jewish assets.
Thursday, December 17, 1998
Company names appearing in this article are:
  • Barclays PLC (UK)
  • Chase Manhattan Bank (now J.P. Morgan Chase & Company) (USA)
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
AJC Ad Calls On Booksellers to Stop Marketing Notorious Anti-Semitic Forgery
April 18, 2000
The American Jewish Committee
- NEW YORK -- The American Jewish Committee, in a New York Times ad today, criticizes major booksellers for selling the notorious anti-Semitic forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and urges them to not market hate material.

"By peddling the Protocols, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble are saying, in effect, that this is just another book – another valid competitor in the marketplace of ideas. That's what hate groups want you to believe. But ethically and factually - even in their distortion of constitutional principles, they're wrong," says the American Jewish Committee in the ad that appears on the op-ed page of the Times.

JC points out in the ad that the Protocols is "the most bloodstained volume in modern history," having inspired the destruction of European Jewry and become a staple of hate groups around the world.

The main U.S. publishers of the Protocols editions offered by these booksellers are Noontide Press - once linked to the racist and anti-Semitic Liberty Lobby and now the printing arm of the so-called Institute for Historical Review, the main organ of Holocaust denial worldwide - and Book Tree Press, supplier of an array of extremist materials.

"Reputable booksellers exercise discretion in what to place on their shelves, real or virtual," says AJC. "By abandoning that discretion, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and other book marketers, such as Borders and Alibris.com, reward hate publishers and validate their contemptible product."

"Every volume sold, on-line and in the book superstores, helps these publishers propagate hate," states the AJC ad. "Hate doesn't need the help, and major corporations shouldn't provide it."

AJC also points out that adding "warning labels" on the booksellers' web site pages featuring the Protocols "does not free them from responsibility for marketing hate."

Today's ad comes four weeks after AJC President Bruce M. Ramer and Executive Director David A. Harris wrote letters to the CEOs of Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Borders, urging them to stop offering the Protocols for sale.

Company names appearing in this article are:
  • Alibris.com (USA)
  • Amazon.com, Inc. (USA)
  • Barnes & Noble, Inc. (USA)
  • Borders Group, Inc. (USA)

AJC Urges Barnes and Noble To Stop Selling Notorious Anti-Semitic Book
March 21, 2000
The American Jewish Committee
- NEW YORK -- The American Jewish Committee today urged Barnes and Noble to stop offering for sale the notorious anti-Semitic forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

"While you certainly have the right to distribute this book, you also have the right not to. We ask that you choose not to sell this book," wrote American Jewish Committee President Bruce M. Ramer and Executive Director David A. Harris in a letter to Leonard Riggio, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Barnes and Noble.

Noting that The Protocols "is a main staple of anti-Semitic movements around the world," the AJC leaders asked Barnes and Noble "to consider whether you should be promoting hate literature."

The AJC letter also pointed out that one of the versions of The Protocols offered by Barnes and Noble is printed by Noontide Press, the printing arm of Willis Carto’s empire, which espouses bare-knuckled racism and anti-Semitism, as well as promotes Holocaust denial and the military movement.

The other version is published by The Book Tree, which also markets an array of anti-Semitic and conspiracy-driven materials.

"Your sale of these materials indirectly adds to the coffers of hate groups," the AJC leaders advised Barnes and Noble.

Company names appearing in this article are:
  • Barnes & Noble, Inc. (USA)
BASF Aktiengesellschaft
German Industry and Global Enterprise : BASF: The History of a Company
by Werner Abelshauser, Wolfgang von Hippel, Jeffrey Allan Johnson, and Raymond G. Stokes
Hardcover
Pub. Date: November 2003, Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521827264
[PDF] German Industry and Global Enterprise. BASF: The History of a Company
by Werner Abelshauser, Wolfgang von Hippel, Jeffrey Allan Johnson, and Raymond G. Stokes.
Reviewed by Jeremy Leaman.
Harvard Business School
Business History Review
Summer 2005

*Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view PDF files. A free download may be found at http://get.adobe.com/reader/
Industry and Ideology: IG Farben in the Nazi Era
by Peter Hayes
Paperback, New Edition
Pub. Date: October 2000, Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 052178638X
Nazi Chemical Giant Declares Bankruptcy | Business & Economics | Deutsche Welle | 10.11.2003
The infamous Nazi poison-gas manufacturer IG Farben is insolvent, possibly leaving thousands of former forced laborers trying to claim compensation out in the cold.
... After World War II, the Allies stripped the firm of most of its assets, which were transferred to the three chemical firms Bayer, Hoechst (now Aventis) and BASF. Since then IG Farben's legal successor has been in the process of being liquidated, while its stocks continue to be traded.
Company names appearing in this article are:
  • IG Farben (Aventis, BASF Aktiengesellschaft, and Bayer AG) (Germany)
    • Aventis (formerly part of IG Farben) (Germany)
    • 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 | Business | Former Zyklon-B maker goes bust
The German company which produced the poison gas used in Nazi concentration camps during the Second World War is to file for bankruptcy.
by Jonathan Charles
BBC Europe correspondent
Monday, 10 November, 2003, 12:57 GMT
Company names appearing in this article are:
  • IG Farben (Aventis, BASF Aktiengesellschaft, and Bayer AG) (Germany)
Company profiles: Bayer AG 01.03.02
Bayer AG
A Corporate Profile
By Corporate Watch UK
Completed March 2002
Company names appearing in Corporate Watch UK articles re: Bayer AG are:
  • IG Farben (Aventis, BASF Aktiengesellschaft, and Bayer AG) (Germany)
    • Aventis (formerly part of IG Farben) (Germany)
    • 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 | 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 | Nazi slave cash dismissed as 'gesture'
Former Nazi slave Rudy Kennedy was only 15 when he was taken to Auschwitz. "Most of the banks contributing to the payment fund will be supplying more in this year's Christmas bonuses to their senior staff than to the entire group of survivors of the Nazi regime," he claims.
"I was taken as a 15-year-old with my family from Breslau in Poland to Auschwitz... My mother and my sister were gassed immediately but my father and myself were allowed to work. I was owned by the SS and they hired us out to big companies such as Hoechst, BASF, Agfa and Bayer. My father managed to stay alive about eight weeks."
Wednesday, 15 December, 1999
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 | Fund for Nazi slave labourers
A German company, IG Farben, which used slave labourers in Nazi concentration camps has agreed to pay compensation to Holocaust survivors. The chemical giant made Zyklon-B, the gas used to kill Jews in the concentration camps. At Auschwitz, IG Farben ran a slave labour plant using 83,000 people at its peak in 1944.
Wednesday, 18 August, 1999


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