Third Reich to Your Life

Cracked.com: Third Reich to Fortune 500: Five Popular Brands the Nazis Gave Us

Obviously, guilt by association only goes so far. Three-quarters of a century has passed, along with countless shareholder meetings and director elections, so read into this as little or as much as you’d like. The reason it’s here in Assigned Reading, however, is because of the following excerpt about Siemens. There’s a little bit of bad language, but if that doesn’t offend you, push forward and decide for yourself whether the linked article is worth reading in full.

The part that I had to read twice just to make sure I wasn’t reading it wrong:

Why else would the Allies destroy four-fifths of the company’s factories during the war? Because they were bored? Fuck no. It’s because they intended to blitz the marque brand of Nazi Germany back into hell where it belonged.

These days Siemens is being forced to pay due to a series of lawsuits from survivors. So, at least they own up to it, right?

Well, a few years ago, in an act of insensitive fuckery so colossal it could blot out the sun, Siemens tried to trademark the name “Zyklon” with the intent of marketing a series of products under the name. Including gas ovens.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Without a doubt, that is the cutest little Hitler graphic ever.

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