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IBM’s Involvement in the holocaust


Many companies allegedly lost control of their German subsidiaries during the 1930s and 40s, leading up to and during WW2, but IBM was not only compliant to the Nazis, but they had an active role in maximizing the efficiency with which the Nazis could enact their brutal plans. IMB dealt with their Nazi Germany customers through a direct subsidiary, known as "Dehomag", and a special Polish subsidiary established on September 1st, 1939, called “Watson Business Machines”  

While other companies may have been reluctantly aiding Hitler’s regime, IBM was actively and willingly assisting in the Jewish slaughter. One example comes from an eye witness, the last surviving person involved in the Polish administration of the rail transportation to Auschwitz and Treblinka. He states that he knew that the punched card machines were not German machines, because the labels were in English. No machines were sold, only leased from IBM, and all machinery, training, servicing, spare parts, and punch cards themselves (at that time there were no universal punch cards) was handled by IBM, through their New York headquarters.  

While some IBM sympathizers may make the claim that IBM was ignorant on the implications of their business dealings in Nazi Germany, it is important to acknowledge the fact that it is highly unlikely that, while newspapers around the world prolifically reported on events relating to Nazi Germany and World War 2, IBM executives knew nothing of the goings on in Europe at the time.  

Further Reading

How IBM Helped The Nazis Carry Out The Holocaust

IBM and the Holocaust (Wikipedia)

IBM’s Role in the Holocaust — What the New Documents Reveal

IBM 'dealt directly with Holocaust organisers'

The IBM Link to Auschwitz

This is the Hidden Nazi History of IBM – and the Man Who Tried to Expose It