IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation-Expanded Edition ペーパーバック – 2012/3/16
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IBM and the Holocaust is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling shocker--a million copies in print--detailing IBM's conscious co-planning and co-organizing of the Holocaust for the Nazis, all micromanaged by its president Thomas J Watson from New York and Paris. This Expanded Edition offers 37 pages of previous unpublished documents, pictures, internal company correspondence, and other archival materials to produce an even more explosive volume. Originally published to extraordinary praise in 2001, this provocative, award-winning international bestseller has stood the test of time as it chronicles the story of IBM's strategic alliance with Nazi Germany. IBM and the Holocaust provides nothing less than a chilling investigation into corporate complicity. Edwin Black's monumental research exposes how IBM and its subsidiaries helped create enabling technologies for the Nazis, step-by-step, from the identification and cataloging programs of the 1930s to the selections of the 1940s.
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Hitler had plans for Hollerith.
Just think what we can do today.
Do not need to go into the details of the book as you will read them for yourself. However the title pretty much tells what you’re about to read; what it doesn’t tell you is details that might be a tad shocking.
Even though this book is concentrating on the Holocaust we see that IBM whether it is ideology or not would be in cahoots with anybody to turn a profit.
Keep your eye out and watch as IBM farms out homeland security support to the previous Soviet satellite of Sofia Bulgaria and as a backup Cairo Egypt.
Basically, IBM decided to go with money and profits, rather than do what was morally right, which was not to do business with a country run by a dictatorship that started a World War, totally disregarded human rights, and after 1941 was a sworn enemy of the United States.
But IBM was not the only American company which gained money by helping Hitler. American large corporations such as the Ford Motor Company, Carnegie, Rockefeller, IBM, and many others, thinking of Germany as a place to make money, aided and abetted Adolf Hitler and thanks to them, Hitler could manage to succeed in Germany’s rearmament. Of course American companies gained a lot of money.
Without those supports Hitler could not have succeeded in Germany’s rearmament, and perhaps the Second World might not have happened. Oh, America! I cannot believe you by any means.
and aware of IBM's general history, I was very surprised when I first heard that the tattooed numbers on holocaust
victims' arms were ID numbers used in IBM data bases (based on punched cards, not full-purpose computers).
That revelation eventually led me to this book, which is THE book on the subject; no others even come close.
The author of this book - himself the son of two holocaust survivors - was also unaware of this connection as a boy
when his parents took him to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in New York City, where a German IBM card punch
machine was positioned at the entrance to the museum, with no indication of its far-reaching usage by the Third Reich.
As an adult, Black researched this connection and found an amazing absence of information everywhere about it,
even among organizations and individuals who had done deep research into all aspects of the holocaust.
Black decided to expose the whole intimate complicity of IBM's revered president J D Watson with the Third Reich,
assisting Hitler in carrying out the business end of his mass imprisonments, slave-laboring and exterminations.
Despite the complete lack of cooperation from IBM in opening their files (to this date), Black went to other sources,
scattered all over Europe and the USA, to root out and correlate 20000 documents that, individually, seem almost routine,
but when arranged chronologically and correlated together, constitute an unassailable, damning testimony against Watson.
The unbelievable amount of time, travel, correspondence, and volunteer work involved spanned several years.
The author is painstakingly careful about quoting directly from actual source documents, so that denial is utterly futile.
It worked - IBM has never attempted to sue Black for libel, slander, fraud, etc, and avoided public comments as much as possible..
I now mention the topic and the book whenever I meet any other tech people in the SF area, who are still uniformly unaware of it.
I perceive that IBM could offer a valid justification that IBM punch cards were just that ("international business machines"),
and that prosecuting IBM for war crimes would be as unjust as prosecuting Underwood for selling typewriters to the Third Reich.
IBM was not selling Zyklon B, or secrets. or munitions materials - what's the problem?
But IBM knows that its deafening silence is its best strategy - if people start asking questions, Black's book is waiting for them.
Having recently read Black's entire book, I can offer my personal assessment of three relevant Wikipedia articles as of 06/17/2017.
Wikipedia article "IBM and the Holocaust" is a good summary of Black's book, but still hedges at several places, with phrases like
"Black argues", "Black asserts", "Black demonstrates", "Black reports", and "Black charges".
The Wikipedia article on "History of IBM" paints an innocent picture of Watson, but does close with a paragraph on Black's book,
although the final sentence deceptively implies Black says that IBM's complicity ended with the US declaration of war. He doesn't.
The Wikipedia article on "IBM" reduces IBM's involvement with the Third Reich to half of one sentence.
IBM's involvement in the holocaust is a towering example of the dark side of "business as usual" in America. Read it.
As long as there was money to be made these heartless people cared nothing at all for the sad fate of millions of murdered people-Jews, and anyone who opposed the Nazi machine. My Dad helped shut down one concentration camp-the people in the town had looked the other way as the Nazi criminals had carried out their plans. This book is all about looking the other way.
Someone once remarked to me that if corporations were people they would be psychopaths, and I could surely agree in this case. Sickening!