Holocaust Profit Makers: Victims Of The Holocaust

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Zachary Fedewa Ms. J Williams 5th Period English II 2 April 2013 Holocaust Profit Makers Many companies contributed to the assistance needed for the Nazis throughout the Holocaust but it is no secret that some companies take up more responsibility than others for the attempted extermination of the Jews. While some companies merely provided unharmful supplies others produced specific and dangerous instruments that could be clearly utilized for mass murder. Many questions still remain today such as who was responsible, who benefited, and who gave out compensation to the victims of the Holocaust. Fortunately, thorough research has provided the sufficient information to answer these questions. Primarily, companies that aided the Nazis received…show more content…
Trucks that were provided by Ford’s company were used to assist in transporting the victims of the Holocaust. Efforts of companies such as Ford and Siemens allowed Germans to have the necessary equipment for the mass murder of the Jews. As an effect of the efforts of Ford and Siemens, over half the transportation and all the gas chambers were provided. Employees of Ford express their feelings of working conditions while in factories, "The conditions were terrible. They put us in barracks, on three-tier bunks" (Dobbs). This quote shows first-hand that Ford neglected his employees that were working in Germany whilst supporting the German war effort. The collaboration of profit makers deeply impacted the severity of the Holocaust. Without gas chambers, the Germans wouldn’t have been able to kill an extra three to four thousand per day. This next quote shows Ford’s attitude towards Hitler "I regard Henry Ford as my inspiration"-Adolf Hitler (Dobbs). Ford put in effort in order to be an inspiration to Hitler. It was not in either companies favor to have participated in the Holocaust…show more content…
Unfortunately, the products fabricated for the Nazis by Siemens and Ford both spawned a way for the genocide of the Jews seeing that transportation and a death location were necessary for mass murder. It has been brought to our attention that if both, Ford and Siemens had not been involucrated in the Holocaust, the amount of deaths would not have been as massive and perhaps might have occurred much more differently than we remember it today. Crucial factors such as the weapons and products provided how the companies benefited, and if compensation was reached can help determine which companies really encouraged the tragic transformation of the Holocaust. Works Cited Axelrod, Toby. "For One Holocaust Survivor, Siemens Was a Roadblock to His Story." St. Louis Jewish Light. Jewish Federation of St. Louis, 31 Mar. 2013. Web. Dobbs, Michael. "Ford and GM Scrutinized for Alleged Nazi Collaboration." Washington Post. The Washington Post Company, 30 Nov. 1998. Web. "For One Holocaust Survivor, Siemens Was a Roadblock to His Story." St. Louis Jewish Light. Jewish Federation of St. Louis, 31 Mar. 2013. Web. “Ford and GM Scrutinized for Alleged Nazi Collaboration." Ford and GM Scrutinized for Alleged Nazi Collaboration. The Washington Post Company, 1998. Web. 17 Jan. 2013. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/daily/nov98/nazicars30.htm>. “Siemens

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