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The crucial technology was a precursor to the computer, the IBM Hollerith punch card machine, which Black glimpsed on exhibit at the U.S. Holocaust Museum, inspiring his five-year, top-secret book project. The Hollerith was used to tabulate and alphabetize census data. Black says the Hollerith and its punch card data ("hole 3 signified homosexual ... hole 8 designated a Jew") was indispensable in rounding up prisoners, keeping the trains fully packed and on time, tallying the deaths, and organizing the entire war effort. Hitler's regime was fantastically, suicidally chaotic; could IBM have been the cause of its sole competence: mass-murdering civilians? Better scholars than I must sift through and appraise Black's mountainous evidence, but clearly the assessment is overdue.
The moral argument turns on one question: How much did IBM New York know about IBM Germany's work, and when? Black documents a scary game of brinksmanship orchestrated by IBM chief Watson, who walked a fine line between enraging U.S. officials and infuriating Hitler. He shamefully delayed returning the Nazi medal until forced to--and when he did return it, the Nazis almost kicked IBM and its crucial machines out of Germany. (Hitler was prone to self-defeating decisions, as demonstrated in How Hitler Could Have Won World War II.)
Black has created a must-read work of history. But it's also a fascinating business book examining the colliding influences of personality, morality, and cold strategic calculation. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
LEARN the history about how an American company was ran by a few people who wanted the same thing Hilter wanted,...AND TODAY THE LESSON OF THIS BOOK IS MORE IMPORTANT NOW!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by CARL D. BAKER
This book sets the standard when Mr Black ,beyond a doubt, ties. IBM to the. Holocaust,however when he writes about corporate politics and bureaucratic history then this book is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kevin Loving
This is a very deep and penetrating look into a forgotten side of the Holocaust. For the first time, Mr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Socrates
I’ve always heard all the accounts of those famous corporate behemoths that have been around forever, and that have profited from the Holocaust—companies like BMW, Kodak, IG... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paul Arking
Worked for IBM for over 20 years and Watson was always held up to us as a Father image, someone who put family and the individual above all else. What an eye opener! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Author Edwin Black has presented a thorough historical record of IBM and its alliance with Hitler's Nazi Germany. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
they should make a movie out of this, an indie. maybe the germans could do it. i think it would be much better in german rather than english. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mark G. Jensen