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Nazi Nexus: America's Corporate Connections to Hitler's Holocaust Paperback – February 16, 2009
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FIERCE. A PRODIGIOUS FEAT OF REPORTING War Against the Weak offers a fierce, compelling, overlong account of how American ideas helped inspire -- if that's the right word -- Hitler's Reich. ... War Against the Weak is well told and extraordinarily sad. It represents a prodigious feat of reporting, as Black has trolled every archive and read every letter (and published excerpts from far too many of them). And it is a very persuasive book. David Plotz Mother Jones Magazine
STUNNING. Backed by exhaustive research, Black's case in IBM and the Holocaust is simple and stunning: that IBM facilitated the identification and roundup of millions of Jews during the 12 years of the Third Reich … Black's evidence may be the most damning to appear yet against a purported corporate accomplice. --Michael Hirsch, Newsweek
DRAMATIC AND LUCID. Lucid, dramatic and thought-provoking discoveries. Astory that should be read by everyone concerned about the strange realities of our modern world. An indispensable contribution. --Martin Gilbert, author A History of the Twentieth Century, Churchill: A Life and First World War
EDWIN BLACK IS A DANGEROUS MAN. Edwin Black is a dangerous man. He tells us things we don't want to hear, like: "The scientific rationales that drove killer doctors at Auschwitz were first concocted on Long Island." His groundbreaking work is scary and necessary. --Adrienne Miller, Esquire Magazine
About the Author
Edwin Black is the award-winning, New York Times and international investigative author of 80 bestselling editions in 14 languages in 61 countries, as well as scores of newspaper and magazine articles in the leading publications of the United States, Europe and Israel. With a million books in print, his work focuses on genocide and hate, corporate criminality and corruption, governmental misconduct, academic fraud, philanthropy abuse, oil addiction, alternative energy and historical investigation. Editors have submitted Black's work nine times for Pulitzer Prize nomination, and in recent years he has been the recipient of a series of top editorial awards. He has also contributed to a number of anthologies worldwide. For his work, Black has been interviewed on hundreds of network broadcasts from Oprah, the Today Show, CNN Wolf Blitzer Reports and NBC Dateline in the US to the leading networks of Europe and Latin American. His works have been the subject of numerous documentaries, here and abroad. All of his books have been optioned by Hollywood for film, with three in active production. His latest film is the screen adaptation War Against the Weak, based on his book of the same name. Black's speaking tours include hundreds of events in dozens of cities each year, appearing at prestigious venues from the Library of Congress in Washington to the Simon Wiesenthal Institute in Los Angeles in America, and in Europe from London's British War Museum and Amsterdam's Institute for War Documentation to Munich's Carl Orff Hall. He is the editor of The Cutting Edge News, which receives more than 1.5 million visits monthly. Black's ten award-winning bestselling books are IBM and the Holocaust (2001), British Petroleum and the Redline Agreement (2011), The Farhud (2010), Nazi Nexus (2009), The Plan (2008), Internal Combustion (2006), Banking on Baghdad (2004), War Against the Weak (2003), The Transfer Agreement (1984), and a 1999 novel, Format C:. His enterprise and investigative writings have appeared in scores of newspapers from the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune to the Sunday Times of London, Frankfurter Zeitung and the Jerusalem Post, as well as scores of magazines as diverse as Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Reform Judaism, Der Spiegel, L'Express, BusinessWeek and American Bar Association Journal.
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However, one does not have to read the hundreds of carefully cited and referenced pages of Black's masterpieces of scholarship. Each chapter of "The Nazi Nexus" is a short, easily read summary of the main points of each of his books. For an avid reader, it is an afternoon's read.
This book should be required reading in any high school level "World History" or introductory college level history survey course. As an student of history, and having read his primary works, I can only most highly recommend this work for anyone who wants to understand the current conflicts surrounding the globe. Do you really understand how capitalism, fascism, communism, and world conflicts come together with the great divide between Western culture and Occidental religious fanatacism? This book will get you started, where the "great reference works" of the typical college or high school curriculum fail miserably. One simply cannot dismiss Edwin Black as a biased son of a Jewish Holocaust survivor. The scholarship is there, in droves. One notable feature of his work is the extent to which the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., denied him assistance and access to their massive collections. Yet, archivists the world over have given him assistance in gathering source material for his great works. I was first introduced to Black's writing through "IBM and the Holocaust." The IBM punch-card sorter made the "Final Solution" of the "Jewish Question" a mere card sort in many German towns and cities--the addresses of all Jewish families were known when the time came for the great SS roundups following the Wannsee Konferenze in Berlin on January 20, 1942. Having learned to used the IBM card sort system of programming in graduate school, I was horrified to discover just how complicit U.S. business was in furthering Hitler's aim to rid Europe of all Jews--and just how efficiently it was done. An original Hollerith card sort machine is the first exhibit when one exits the elevator at the top of the Washington, D.C. U.S. Holocaust Museum.
Eugenics was pioneers in 24 U.S. states, but it took Dr. Fischer's Germsn executioners--much admired by the American eugenics movement, to put the idea into practice through the infamous T-4 program of 1939-41, when tens of thousands of "undesireables" and "feeble" Germans were executed.
For the purposes of the review, I will leave it to the reader to discover just how intertwined U.S. businesses and businessmen were with the success of National Socialism in Germany. This is one of the great books of the early 20th century, inexpensive, and in my scholarly opinion, should be read by all of the great masses of those ignorant of 19th and 20th century mass movements of eugenics, genocide, wartime profiteering, and the triumph of Evil when good men and women do nothing to stop it.
Grounded in both exceptional scholarship and moral outrage, this primer details "the cold-hearted complicity off some of America's most iconic corporate entities" : Ford, General Motors, Rockefeller Foundation, and IBM. The chapter titles announce the often-suppressed history of American fascists: Ford, Jew Hatred, and Political Racism; Carnegie, Eugenics, and the Master Race; Rockefeller, Megele, and Eugencide; GM and the Motorization of the Reich; and IBM Organizes the Holocaust." Every chapter provides stunning details and unpleasant surprises about the men that Nazi Germany showered with their highest prizes for international friends and loyal supporters: Henry Ford, Thomas Watson, and Alfred B. Sloan.
This thin volume illuminates the widespread acceptance of eugenics among "the best and the brightest" Americans and Germans between the World Wars, the admiration for Hitler's industrialization and militarization, and the huge profits collected through hidden wartime collaboration with the Nazi enemy. Hard to read and impossible to forget, I strongly recommend Nazi Nexus: America's Corporate Connections to Hitler's Holocaust.
The book may be short, but it is long on information on American businesses involved with Hitler's Germany. I was amazed at how U.S. businesses and Foundations actually made the Nazi war machine not only viable, but also more efficient.
It is truly pathetic how greed trumps ethics. And what is worse is that these corporations like Ford, G.M. and I.B.M. and their CEOs were already wealthy beyond anything imaginable at that time.
One section covers the Nation City Lines conspiracy. It doesn't actually connect to the Nazi nexus, but it just shows how unscrupulous these big U.S. businesses were.
I was not expecting the ending, and it totally took me by surprise. Great book!
We must never allow this to happen again.