INGENUITY FOR LIFE!

Inside Sachsenhausen concentration camp there were workshops in which prisoners were forced to labour, primarily on parts for Heinkel bombers but also for companies who still make many of our household products today – AEG and Siemens.

Hmmmmm… I bet they don’t want people know too much about those details. So – let’s take a closer look shall we?

In 1933 AEG donated sixty thousand Reichsmarks to the Nazi party. Then, during World War II, the factory near Riga used female slave labour. The company was also contracted to manufacture electrical equipment for Auschwitz. AEG used slave labour in the sub-camp of Auschwitz III, most of whom would die in 1945 during the death marches and finally in Buchenwald.

In the 1930s, like AEG, Siemens helped fund the rise of the Nazi Party and the secret rearmament of Germany. The company backed the Hitler regime in return for lucrative contracts, contributed to the aggressive war effort and participated in the ‘Nazification’ of the economy.

Siemens took slave labourers during the Holocaust and had them help construct the gas chambers that would kill them and their families. They also owned a plant in Auschwitz, where tens of thousands of prisoners worked to supply the camp with electricity. They supplied electrical parts to many other concentration and death camps, including Ravensbrück, and their factories – which had poor working conditions where malnutrition and death were common – were created, run, and supplied by the SS, in conjunction with company officials…

After the war, Hermann von Siemens, head of the company, was charged with war crimes, but the charges were dropped and he was reinstated by the Anglo-Americans to help rebuild Germany against the Soviet Union.

As recently as 2002, public outrage forced Siemens to abandon a plan to register the trademark ‘Zyklon’ for a new line of products including gas ovens, the same name as Zyklon B, the poison gas used to exterminate prisoners in concentration camps.

Whilst we’re on the subject, it’s worth also noting that during the war:

Kodak’s German branch used slave labourers from concentration camps and several of their European branches did heavy business with the Nazi government.

Ferdinand Porsche met with Hitler in 1934, to discuss the creation of a people’s car. Hitler asked Porsche to make the car with a streamlined shape, “like… a beetle.”

Can you see where this is going?

Four out of every five workers at Volkswagen’s plants were slave labourers, Ferdinand Porsche having a direct connection to Heinrich Himmler to directly request workers from Auschwitz.

Bayer, the number one producer of drugs like aspirin, under the name I.G. Farben, manufactured Zyklon B gas, as well as funding and assisting in Josef Mengele’s ‘experiments’ on concentration camp prisoners. Incidentally, Prescott Sheldon Bush (George W. Bush’s grandfather) profited greatly from the slave labour at Auschwitz via a partnership with I.G. Farben.

In 1941, the German branch of Coca-Cola ran out of syrup, and couldn’t get any from America because of wartime restrictions, so they invented a new drink… called Fanta.

In 1938 Henry Ford was decorated for his service to Nazism with a medal designed for ‘distinguished foreigners’, his company profiting heavily from the war by producing vehicles for the Nazis and the Allies.

J.D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil, which when it was dissolved as a monopoly morphed into ExxonMobil, Chevron and BP, provided the Luftwaffe with tetraethyl lead gas, without which the German air force couldn’t have got their planes off the ground. Once again Prescott Bush was involved, his investment firm brokering the deal.

Chase Bank froze European Jewish customers’ accounts and were extremely cooperative in providing banking service to Germany.

IBM custom made machines for the Nazis to track everything from oil supplies to train schedules into death camps to Jewish bank accounts to individual Holocaust victims themselves.

In September of 1939 the New York Times reported that three million Jews were going to be ‘immediately removed’ from Poland and were likely to be exterminated. IBM sent out an internal memo saying that, due to the situation, they really needed to step up production on high-speed alphabetizing equipment.

Random House Publishing’s parent company, Bertelsmann A.G. produced a book before the war with the catchy title, ‘Sterilization and Euthanasia: A Contribution to Applied Christian Ethics’.

The SS were rock stars. Cocaine, meth and the occult – as we’ve seen earlier, they knew how to party. Cool look too, as Russell Brand pointed out at the GQ Award ceremony:

“If anyone knows a bit about history and fashion,” he said to the audience. “You know it was Hugo Boss who made the uniforms for the Nazis – but they looked fucking fantastic, lets face it, while they were killing people on the basis of their religion and sexuality”.

Brand and GQ editor Dylan Jones exchanged angry words on Twitter afterwards.

“What you did was very offensive to Hugo Boss,” Jones complained.

“What Hugo Boss did was very offensive to the Jews,” Brand replied.

Hugo Boss started making outfits for the Nazis in the 1930s, having himself joined the Nazi party, which landed him the contract to make costumes for the Hitler Youth as well as storm trooper and SS uniforms. The business went so well that Boss ended up needing to bring in slave labourers in Poland and France to help out at the factory.

All this happened just eight years after founding the company, which helped take it to the level that we know and love today.

There are differing levels of fascism at play here.

If we accept that to sin is to go against God, or that it is to be unconscious – to be honest I’d say they amount to the same thing, but we’re not even half way yet so it’s too soon for conclusions – then I would argue that uniforms are in fact a fundamental part of the machinery that make sin possible.

In other words, uniforms, and therefore uniformity, encourage uniform thought, they are the dress code of the mob, of the herd, the pack, and from the minute that we knit our babies pink or blue hats we are destroying their individuality and growing petite storm-troopers, whether it be for future armies or workers in the city, it makes little difference, the outcome is the same – their identity is compromised and their position as homogenous drones is all but guaranteed.

As Carl Jung pointed out:

“Resistance to the organized mass can be effected only by the man who is as well organized in his individuality as the mass itself”.

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