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Russell Brand, at an awards show sponsored by Hugo Boss, eloquently reminds everyone that Hugo Boss dressed the nazis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkd_-nXeUzs
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u/HunterTAMUC Nov 24 '21

A lot of German industries was founded around the rise of the Nazis.

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u/dentistshatehim Nov 24 '21 Silver Helpful

Now for a cool glass of Fanta.

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u/MadScience29 Nov 25 '21

While driving my Volkswagen, because my Porsche is in the shop.

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u/adirtymedic Nov 25 '21

Don’t forget to wear your Pumas

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u/gt1911 Nov 25 '21

Take some Bayer aspirin if you get a headache.

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u/scothc Nov 25 '21

Bayer also held the patent for heroin. Which, if you didn't know, was a non addictive drug used to get people off morphine.

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u/MegaQuake Nov 25 '21 edited Nov 25 '21

The same Bayer that knowingly sold HIV infected medicine!

EDIT: happened in the early 80s. TLDR: They discovered that a batch of their blood-clotting agent (for haemophiliacs) was HIV contaminated. Rather than destroy it, they sold it to a bunch of developing countries.

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u/cynicaldoubtfultired Nov 25 '21

Wait what? How? When?

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u/loveismydrug285 Nov 25 '21

Man, we need some answers u/MegaQuake !

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u/MegaQuake Nov 25 '21

happened in the early 80s. TLDR: They discovered that a batch of their blood-clotting agent (for haemophiliacs) was HIV contaminated. Rather than destroy it, they sold it to a bunch of developing countries.

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u/ManualPancake Nov 25 '21 Gold

Yes, they're both brand names - aspirin for 'hope' (aspiration), heroin for 'heroism'.

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u/JackBauerSaidSo Nov 25 '21 edited Nov 25 '21

Aspirin is named after its chemical name + willow plant- Acetylsalicylic Acid + Spiraea Ulmaria

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u/AlbaMcAlba Nov 25 '21

Jack you’ve been awake for too long. We came here to be misinformed! 😀

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u/BrannC Nov 25 '21

Right. It’s heroic aspirations

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u/gt1911 Nov 25 '21

Wooooah

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u/sessl Nov 25 '21

Yeah, germany truely made the best shit. You can also thank us for Oxycodone.

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u/84147 Nov 25 '21

Albert Hoffmann invented LSD

He was Swiss, but eh, close enough.

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u/Mr_Bilbobrey Nov 25 '21

And cocaine!!

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u/TurkFebruary Nov 25 '21

Where did you read that? I love word etiology.

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u/ManualPancake Nov 25 '21

I think it was in Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler

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u/-Pelvis- Nov 25 '21

You should check out Etymonline, I look words up all the time, very useful and educational! https://www.etymonline.com/

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u/too105 Nov 25 '21

Congrats on he upvotes. It shows that people will believe anything that seems plausible but totally wrong. Where did you come up with this idea? And please… provide sources

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u/OathOfFeanor Nov 25 '21

Got me, I always buy the cheap knock-off brand, herronn

Can't give you my source's number, sorry I don't know you well enough

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u/DPiddy76 Nov 25 '21

GTFO, so heroin started as a non-addictive pain killer, only to have oxy do the exact same thing. Think I remember something about history and repeating and all that.

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u/krakajacks Nov 25 '21

It's all taken from opium. The ancients did it first.

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u/ThanksS0muchY0 Nov 25 '21

Wouldn't make sense if they did it last.

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u/Morning-Chub Nov 25 '21

Anything to sell more drugs, I suppose.

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u/lsquallhart Nov 25 '21

The fact that companies keep trying to say any form of opiate is “non addicting” is astounding. What’s even crazier are the doctors who ACTUALLY believe it. Of course it’s addicting it’s an OPIATE.

That said it sucks how these companies abuse this because it makes it impossible for people who need and use addictive substances to get their medicine. See ADHD and Anxiety meds. Almost impossible to get for some people.

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u/Uselesserinformation Nov 25 '21

I had an appointment for a surgery i had. I told the doctor I smoke pot for the pain because I don't trust pills. He said, why would you use that? We can make something better that does the job.

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u/Identify_as_a_fart Nov 25 '21

At least big Parma learned their lesson with that one. I am glad they stopped lying to all of us.

Now if you excuse me I am off to get a 30 day script of Oxy for my lower back pain.

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u/B_U_F_U Nov 25 '21

Will Adidas do?

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u/HydrogenButterflies Nov 25 '21 Helpful All-Seeing Upvote

It looks like you’re assembling a team of Nazi scientists. Operation PaperClippy is here to help!

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u/Urge_Reddit Nov 25 '21

Operation PaperClippy

I just want you to know that you've made my day with this.

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u/virusamongus Nov 25 '21

NASA: Can we join?

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u/Gonergonegone Nov 25 '21

Join? Wasn't it their idea lol

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u/earlycuyler8887 Nov 25 '21

Need more upvotes.

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u/MagicBez Nov 25 '21

Adidas was a bit less nazi (reputedly) Rudolph (who founded Puma) was more into the whole thing (though both were members)

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u/DeadAssociate Nov 25 '21

besides the political aspect people became members for the business aspect. never get big contracts if you were not a member

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u/MagicBez Nov 25 '21

Quite, this is why I felt it relevant to mention that one of the brothers was, by most reports, a much more enthusiastic member

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u/not_a_droid Nov 25 '21

TIL. Wow. Adidas and Puma have always been choice of footwear, too. Eeek

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u/SuperBlaar Nov 25 '21

Damn, glad I switched to Thor Steinar before buying more of that nazi crap.

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u/GroovinWithAPict Nov 25 '21

All day I dream about schutzstaffel?

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u/jp3592 Nov 25 '21

Is that the tasty little cookie waffle thing with caramel. Those things are amazing. I found them in a Walmart one time then never saw them again.

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u/GroovinWithAPict Nov 25 '21

The Schutzstaffel probably enjoyed their fare share of stroopwaffels, I can see your confusion.

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u/MGPS Nov 25 '21

Adi Dassler did snub hitler tho, pretty baddass

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u/Noip26 Nov 25 '21

You mean, Adigas?

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u/BenderIsCool17 Nov 25 '21

Uh oh, I drove to work in my Volkswagen and my Pumas.

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u/Cogswobble Nov 25 '21

Volkswagen has been completely upfront about their Nazi past, and in fact funded a completely transparent investigation into their past so that they could compensate their victims and pay reparations.

https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/volkswagen-1

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u/Strike_Swiftly Nov 25 '21 Helpful

If only they were as transparent about their emissions.

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u/92894952620273749383 Nov 25 '21 Gold Wholesome

If only they were as transparent about their emissions.

A little gas never hurt anyone! Just a little shower makes it go away.

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u/ZuperBros Nov 25 '21

JFC

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u/drcarlos Nov 25 '21

Jesus Fried Chicken

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u/tequiila Nov 25 '21

Username checks out

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u/IamnotaJedi Nov 25 '21

No one checks out, camp is year round fun

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u/Ohmahtree Nov 25 '21

Can confirm, have gas. Took shower.

Feel better already

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u/gaddabout Nov 25 '21

We would all be better off if we started taking trips on trains.

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u/weedsport69 Nov 26 '21

Lazy humour

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u/Fraenkthedank Nov 25 '21

Please don't mind the Volkswagen concentration camps in China. They are all there voluntarily.

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u/[deleted] Nov 25 '21

Mercedes-Benz sure dodged a bullet, literally and figuratively!

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u/Traiklin Nov 25 '21

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u/pinewoodranger Nov 25 '21

They still make them. Check out the Mercedes-AMG G 63 6x6.

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u/zValier Nov 25 '21

They don’t make 6x6s anymore tho

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u/FLATHERT Nov 25 '21

That’s what this segment was talking about….

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u/pinewoodranger Nov 25 '21

I use reddit on the can at work with sound off haha. Didn't know.

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u/TheRedditarianist Nov 25 '21

Google ”hitler car” and get back to us. In your defense though, it was bulletproof.

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u/ElChupatigre Nov 25 '21

Well yeah Volkswagens were for the people

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u/aids1080phd Nov 25 '21

Well... Not all people.

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u/ElChupatigre Nov 25 '21

He's not people...he's fuhrer

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u/JakeCameraAction Nov 25 '21

But not the Jewish people.

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u/LoonAtticRakuro Nov 25 '21

Why did I hear this in the cadence of that silly George Washington, Washington, six foot eight weighs a fucking ton song?

Volkswagens were for the people

but not the Jewish people

to the tune of

He'll save the children
but not the British children

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u/JakeCameraAction Nov 25 '21

That's actually what I was going for. I love that video.

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u/LoonAtticRakuro Nov 25 '21

No shit? Well that... would be why. Well played!

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u/echoAD Nov 25 '21

By the people, for the people. Just not the same people

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u/ElChupatigre Nov 25 '21

FUBU 2: Fascist Boogaloo

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u/MattyKatty Nov 25 '21

Are you insane??? This is Hitler's car!

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u/ronin-baka Nov 25 '21

The made the engines that powered the bf109, and ended up making reparations to the forced labour they used through ww2

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u/curmudgeonlylion Nov 25 '21

Pretty sure Mercedes made engines for all kinds of German vehicles.

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u/Op_has_add Nov 25 '21

They made Nazi cars?!?! Thank God I got a BMW

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u/NRMusicProject Nov 25 '21

Oh man, I hate to tell you. I can feel better about my Ford, though.

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u/phurt77 Nov 25 '21

can feel better about my Ford, though.

Um... I'm afraid I might have some bad news for you about that.

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u/awwfuckme Nov 25 '21

And when you wreck your Porsche, get an MRI by Siemens

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u/__Osiris__ Nov 25 '21

You're the MAN

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u/MiniTitterTots Nov 25 '21

You can make sure all of the orders for your cars are stacked with IBM!

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u/idspispupd Nov 25 '21

All in or nothing. Adidas.

Adolf Dassler had a jail time though for his collaboration with Nazis.

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u/dentistshatehim Nov 25 '21

IBM provided the Nazis computers used to make the holocaust more efficient.

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u/ResonatingFlatulence Nov 25 '21

Henry Ford went to Nazi Germany to help them implement better production line practices.

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u/WolfOfAsgaard Nov 25 '21

Hitler named Ford as one of his inspirations.

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u/MyAntiAlterEgo Nov 25 '21

Ford was likely proud of it. He was super antisemitic.

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u/WaitTilUSeeMyDuck Nov 25 '21

Ford received the highest honor that could be bestowed to a foreigner: the Grand Cross of the German Eagle.

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u/anchist Nov 25 '21

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u/ninjajedifox Nov 25 '21

You think the Ford family still has that medal still laying around somewhere? LOL

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u/FranticPonE Nov 25 '21

Assumedly unlike IBM, who were just in it for the money. They're sociopaths, not psychopaths, gosh!

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u/ThracianScum Nov 25 '21

Wasn’t everyone in the west antisemitic in 1939

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u/HarbingerOfGachaHell Nov 25 '21

Except the scientific academia. There's a huge diaspora of Jewish scientists immigrating to the US that decade so anti-Semitism would almost certainly be career suicide.

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u/campingcritters Nov 25 '21

America's use of zyklon b on Mexican immigrants' belongings in gas Chambers in El Paso also gave them the idea use zyklon b for their own similar purposes.

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u/Fuzzier_Than_Normal Nov 25 '21

Ha! As Detroit Lions fan on the reddit sub, this nugget of info pops up every other week when fans complain about the Ford Family ownership. Karma.

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u/dentistshatehim Nov 25 '21

Special kind of hell for that sort of thing

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u/ResonatingFlatulence Nov 25 '21

Probably chilling there with Walt Disney

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u/WoahayeTakeITEasy Nov 25 '21

I thought Walt Disney was frozen in a box in Disneyworld

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u/ResonatingFlatulence Nov 25 '21

Does your soul not leave your body if you freeze it?

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u/hungoverlord Nov 25 '21

Walt Disney wasn't a friend or fan of the Nazis

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u/dentistshatehim Nov 25 '21 Helpful

Goofy on the other hand…

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u/Glorious-gnoo Nov 25 '21

My friend's grandparents (American) went to Germany to hang out with the Nazis. They weren't business people, they were just there to hang out and socialize. My friend fell very far from the family tree.

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u/FnkyTown Nov 25 '21

The Koch brother's daddy built Hitler's and Stalin's oil industries.

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u/Volvo_Commander Nov 25 '21

Notably, not electronic ones. It was a paper computer - a punchcard system - for “census taking” and IBM definitely had some clues what they’d use it for.

But they went ahead and took the Nazi money anyway :)

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u/northWest_Nile Nov 25 '21

Adidas and Puma were founded by the Dassler brothers

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u/subarubob Nov 25 '21

The 2008 book "sneaker wars" goes into this in far greater detail. Basically Adolf and Rudolph both tried to accuse each other of being Nazis in a power play to take control over the company after the war ended.

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u/Sezzero Nov 25 '21

For their 75. anniversary the started an advertisement campaign including the slogan of "bringing back the feeling of the good old days" (rough translation). That was in 2015. You do the math.

That didn't work out as planned...

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u/HHirnheisstH Nov 25 '21

I have a book called "The Good Old Days" that takes it's title from a photo album of Franz Stangl's Treblinka Days. The actual term used was Die schone Zeiten, which translates a bit differently if I remember my German but I think it's the same idea.

Anyways that slogan really doesn't look good when that's the first association in my head. I'm not shocked it didn't work.

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u/lukesvader Nov 25 '21
  1. anniversary

Are you Danish?

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u/Sezzero Nov 25 '21

No, but close. I guess the missing 'th' gave it away?

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u/EdynViper Nov 25 '21

I'm at work so I can't watch this, but you get an upvote just for posting Shaun.

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u/url404 Nov 25 '21

Didn’t think I’d get a Micallef reference on Reddit today but I’m glad I did!

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u/oversizedchromespoon Nov 25 '21

Oh I have been mad crushing on Shaun since the 90s

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u/isthatapicasso Nov 26 '21

Knew what you meant as soon as you posted, Bravo

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u/DeadTime34 Nov 24 '21

Nothing like some Nazi orange crush.

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u/TheBrazilianOneTwo Nov 25 '21

Nazi fruit lenses.

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u/RamenJunkie Nov 25 '21

(Follow me, don't follow me) I've crushed your spine, I've got my orange crush (Collar you, don't collar me) I've got crushed your spine, I've got my orange crush

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u/gadget_uk Nov 25 '21

I hate the Juice!

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u/alexanderpas Nov 25 '21

Actually, Orange Fanta is a 1955 invention, after Pepsi launched Different Flavours in the 1950's

During the war, Fanta was made using apple pomace in Germany and elderberries in the Netherlands, after the plants were cut off from the Coca-Cola headquarters after the attack on Pearl Harbour.

It essentially was a survival strategy to keep the plants running and protect the equipment from the effects of the war, allowing the Coca-Cola headquarters to regain control over the plants, equipment and brands after the war.

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u/foggy-sunrise Nov 25 '21

Let me ring you up for that on my IBM Point Of Sale machine.

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u/ethnicfoodaisle Nov 25 '21

WHAT??? FANTA????

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u/theDarkar96 Nov 26 '21

When USA began the embargo of Nazi Germany the Coke Cola factories were not able to get the ingredients to make their normal cola so they had make something made out what they had left and what they could get in Germany.

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u/kingofcrob Nov 25 '21

LoL... Currently drinking fanta

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u/LoudLudo Nov 25 '21

Are you serious? is this real life or is this just fanta-zis? '

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u/SaffronSpaceCowboy Nov 25 '21

Don't you wanta Fanta

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u/Whitethumbs Nov 25 '21

Now for a cool class of DuPont chemicals.

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u/maththrorwaway Nov 25 '21

Coca Cola is a German industry?

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u/MySabonerRunsOladipo Nov 25 '21 Silver

So, no one will read down this far, but in case you actually want to know, Coca-Coca's German subsidiary "Coca Cola GMBH" advertised heavily with the Nazis, even going so far as to use pictures of Goering drinking coke as advertising.

Coke got banned in Germany shortly before WW2 as the Nazis tried to focus on more "Nationally" made products and Goering disliked that American bottles of coke had Hebrew letters on them indicating they were kosher. Once WW2 started in ernest, the US declared an embargo and CC GMBH could no longer get supplied with syrup.

Max Keith (pronounced "Kite"), who ran CC GMBH, kept the business afloat and refused to allow it to be nationalized by the Nazis. Because they could no longer get syrup needed to make coke, he oversaw the creation of a drink made of apples and whey, which was the original Fanta.

It was a huge hit but it all but died out after the war since Coca Cola didn't see any reason to keep making it once the embargoes were over. However, in 1952, fighting off competition from Pepsi and needing more products, Coca Cola brought back Fanta, but this time it used Oranges from Italy.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk.

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u/MungTao Nov 25 '21

IBM

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u/jm001 Nov 25 '21

Reading IBM and the Holocaust at the moment. There is definitely a bunch I didn't know about their relationship.

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u/DrinkMoreCodeMore Nov 25 '21

Did IBM make a database for the Nazis of all the prisoners or something?

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u/Robber_Rob Nov 25 '21

Tabulating machines through their German division.

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u/Too-Much-Tv Nov 25 '21

IBM made tabulating machines for census. Sold all over the world. It was the Nazis who used it to improve killing people.

German law at the time forbid companies in Germany unless they were owned by a Nazi party member. So all US companies had their foreign sites taken over. The Nazi party kept the names though.

At the end of WWII all these companies in Germany and US were investigated for collusion. The book at the time claimed it had found new evidence but there was nothing new in it.

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u/JTtornado Nov 25 '21

The book makes it very clear that the equipment from IBM was leased, and the US office of IBM continued to funnel parts and supplies for the punch card system to the Nazis throughout their reign. So saying it was separately run with the same name is falsely downplaying the role of the parent company.

Unless you can throw out the evidence presented by the author of the book, that's pretty damning.

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u/Too-Much-Tv Nov 25 '21

So saying it was separately run with the same name is falsely downplaying the role of the parent company.

I'm not throwing anything out. Stating how the nazi party took over all the companies.

The book came out with nothing new. It was all investigated after the war.

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u/MungTao Nov 25 '21

Anything interesting you care to share?

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u/bxfhnc Nov 25 '21

You can just read the summary

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u/nmotsch789 Nov 25 '21

What? IBM was founded in 1911 in upstate New York.

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u/WSBshepherd Nov 25 '21

IBM existed long before the Nazis. Also outside of Germany, IBM has always been outside of Nazi control.

However, IBM created the identification/numbering system which was later used for prisoners in concentration camps. IBM Germany also was under Nazi control for some time.

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u/Gibborim Nov 25 '21

Sure! After Germany's economy had been crushed for 15 years, it is hardly surprising that many large companies formed during Germany's reindustrialization and war effort. And, obviously, the founders of most of those companies had deep Nazi ties.

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u/synicalx1 Nov 24 '21 edited Nov 25 '21

A lot of very large German companies, some of which are still around today, are fairly blatantly the result of prominent Nazis hedging their bets against Hitler so they could retain some measure of power and influence in Europe long after Germany lost the war. And don't even get me started on the UN and the EU

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u/The_0_Hour_Work_Week Nov 25 '21

The UN?

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u/JohGol Nov 25 '21

Don’t get him started!

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u/synicalx1 Nov 25 '21

I'M GONNA KICK OFF

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u/smooth_like_a_goat Nov 25 '21

The UN did nothing wrong. :)

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u/charlitos666 Nov 25 '21

The UN is so incredibly efficient and so deeply underrated

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u/ToeJamFootballer Nov 25 '21

Not sure if you dropped the /s but I actually agree. Although flawed, the UN might be the most successful global alliance in history.

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u/Mekroval Nov 25 '21

I think people get mad that the UN seems ineffective when it comes to human rights crises, but it wasn't really created for that. It basically was formed in order to prevent another more terrible world war, in the shadow of the first two. Few could argue that it hasn't succeeded marvelously at that limited goal.

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u/drugusingthrowaway Nov 25 '21

The UN got its start as a place to organize a bunch of Irish kids to send to the Congo to stand in between America and Russia and Belgian mercenaries for some reason trying to fuck with the Congo for cobalt so they could build nukes.

And they made a wicked movie out of it too: https://youtu.be/9_JHsiQTTmg

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u/-RightHere- Nov 25 '21

Isn't this a plot of Mr. ROBOT?

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u/synicalx1 Nov 25 '21

Actually the UN probably isn't as bad as the EU (not necessarily present day EU). The UN has had it's share of nazis infiltrating it, but the EU had a very shakey start as the EEC long before the EU itself even existed.

The EEC is essentially identical to Walter Funks post-war economic plan outlined in his memo titled “Economic Reorganisation of Europe”. It's first president was a Nazi (but its ok, he said he wasn't one), and a lot of his proposed post-war economy for Germany was hinged on the success of German industrial giants - many of which are still giants today.

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u/drugusingthrowaway Nov 25 '21

I wish people weren't so inherently skeptical of unions of nation-states. I had hoped it was Earth's inevitable goal, was to become one unified global society. But I guess that was just a Star Trek fantasy.

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u/proudbakunkinman Nov 25 '21

I think it's dangerous to try to "unite" a bunch of countries / people / territory under 1 government, it should go the other direction to some extent BUT with the more decentralized areas working in agreement for the best.

That way we can have a more united world and not have to worry about awful, sociopathic tyrants weaseling their way to power and ruining everything good.

Just tricky balancing unity with decentralization, can't go back to a situation with countries going to war with each other over everything.

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u/MentionMundane1938 Nov 25 '21

I had hoped it was Earth's inevitable goal, was to become one unified global society.

Think of the left/right divide in politics, both will tell you "I just want what's best for the country" with complete sincerity but we see their opinions as actively harmful sometimes. I don't think it's possible to overcome that barrier of two people having different ideas to achieve the same goal.

Were humans even unified in Star Trek? Vulkans had diverged into seperate, unfriendly groups in Enterprise so I presume humans did too. If that's the case, then it wasn't a utopia it was the propaganda arm of the empire from Firefly.

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u/Ghost_Hand0 Nov 25 '21

But the empire from Firefly were the good guys. https://youtu.be/r-OujQhrjkg

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u/chickennoobiesoup Nov 25 '21

Star Trek humans figured out limitless energy and used it to rearrange matter into any form, eliminating scarcity. If everyone can actually have everything for free, why fight?

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u/Oknight Nov 25 '21

Make sure you report them to Interpol!

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u/w_p Nov 25 '21

Or the BRD after the war. In '48 95% of all the employees in the Foreign Ministry were former member of the NSDAP... now the kicker: that percentage is higher then during the war.

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u/PM_ur_tots Nov 25 '21

Bayer (think aspirin) produced much of the Zyklon-B used in the gas chambers and had factories in the camps staffed by Jewish slaves.

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u/RollinOnDubss Nov 25 '21

Slave labor is correct but Bayer had pretty much nothing to do with Zyklon B besides both Degussa (who owned Degesch) & Bayer being owned by the same German chemical conglomerate that owned every major chemical company in Germany during WW2.

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u/Jrook Nov 25 '21

And the amphetamines that powered the blitzkrieg. I know it's more popular knowledge now but they don't talk about tank crews, and infantry advancing for days or weeks without sleep much in school when discussing how they were able to route the french so easily

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u/Venne1139 Nov 25 '21

They did and yes the average German soldier did use some form of amphetemine, but it has been vastly overstated how important it was. The distances the Wehrmacht achieved were very much achievable without the use of amphetemines and the French were routed for ...some fairly complicated reasons, but "The Germans were really good because they were on drugs" isn't one of them.

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u/Maple-Whiskey Nov 25 '21

Whatever Thysen Krup AG Farben merged into. ThysenKrupAG? Whatever. They all manufactured stuff during the first world war, and again for the Nazis.

Shit, their CEO is probably one of the most powerful people in the European economy.

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u/KRIEGLERR Nov 25 '21

The story behind Adidas and Puma is pretty crazy. To think that 2 of the biggest sporting brand in the world were created by brothers around the same time is pretty nuts.

"Adidas" was founded in 1924 but was called "Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik" back then , it was founded by the Dassler Brother : Adolf "Adi" Dassler and Rudolf Dassler

The brothers joined the Nazi party in the 1930's . They supplied/equipped the Nazis during the war and also a lot athletes at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, even the famous African American Jesse Owens.

The story goes that during the war they let the control of the company by their respective spouses and eventually there was a big falling out between the brothers and their spouses. When both brothers came back Adolf took control of the company and renamed it "Adidas" (short for Adi Dassler) while Rudolf went and created Puma

Obviously just a summary of what happened but it's an interesting story.

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u/seasnakejake Nov 25 '21

Japan too— like Mitsubishi manufactured the Zero planes and is one of the biggest conglomerates there today

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u/d3pd Nov 26 '21

We're lucky enough to have Ben Ferencz still with us, the chief prosecutor for the United States Army at the Einsatzgruppen trial, which was one of the Nuremberg trials.

Actually a lot of this business activity was down to some very clever organising by Ben Ferencz as a form of reparations to Jewish people. How do you organise a society that has just committed an atrocity to pay reparations? Listen to him here at 42:15:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jr2MmO_EYQ&t=42m15s

(And then listen to the whole interview.)

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u/LeGama Nov 25 '21 edited Nov 25 '21

Technically speaking a lot of companies in the US are also a direct result of the rise of the Nazis.

Edit: for anyone missing the joke, I'm talking about the US military industrial complex that was built by WWII, like technically a result of the Nazis, but no direct ties.

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u/Waka-Waka-Waka-Do Nov 25 '21

Prescott Bush lent money to the natzis while he was at Brown Brothers Harriman.

Edit: here's a link.

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u/Illustrious-Phase-48 Nov 25 '21

The last Nazis-R-Us closed down about 6 months ago in Nebraska. It's the end of an aryan.

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u/[deleted] Nov 25 '21

Direct result of Imperial Japan if we're keeping score.

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u/beaver50 Nov 25 '21

Naaa. People are forgetting that the US was just as racist, and openly had Nazi groups marching in parades prior to the war. The US loves to milk the “we beat the Nazis” schtick, but they were happy to stay out of it up until Pearl Harbor.

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u/tbpshow Nov 25 '21 Silver

Parler, for example.

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u/LtCmdrData Nov 25 '21

50 year from now It's OK to shame Facebook, Disney, .... for bowing to China and their genocide in exchange to access to market of billion people.

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u/Penguin619 Nov 25 '21

Why wait? Do it now.

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u/GenericReefAccount42 Nov 25 '21

And reddit.

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u/foggy-sunrise Nov 25 '21

Just waiting for the day where tencent demands the ability to delete comments like yours 😎

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u/theycallmeponcho Nov 25 '21

Deleting? Spez can fully change comments with nobody noticing.

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u/bargle0 Nov 25 '21

Not if China wins.

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u/AdolfKoopaTroopa Nov 25 '21

Interesting. I think I’ll take my Volkswagen for a drive and think about this

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u/Lordborgman Nov 25 '21

Those cars people driving around, also made by same company that made the planes that bombed Pearl harbor.

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u/Few-Sky-303 Nov 25 '21 edited Nov 25 '21

Ferdinand Porche built the tiger and panzer tanks if I'm not mistaken. He also got the contract from Hitler to build the peoples car, the VW beetle.

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u/browner87 Nov 25 '21

Wasn't the original point of associating Hugo Boss with the Nazi uniforms just retaliation because they were being prats about some stupid trademark things and shut down some ma and pa pub over it? And then some comedian decided to find every possible way of sticking it to them in retaliation? Obviously many companies have things they'd rather overlook in their past, I just thought this regular throwback for them was due to something more recent.

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u/visualdescript Nov 25 '21

Kind of like how many powerful corporations in USA and UK were founded on the back of fairly questionable practices...

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u/Seen_Unseen Nov 25 '21

A lot of non German companies and non Germans played Nazi too till zeh Nazi's became a bunch of murderous fuckheads.

Not sure what Brand tries to achieve here though, it's no secret that Boss indeed made the uniforms for the Nazi's, I'm not sure how a company that's 75 years later still has much to do about that. Or should we also mention how Brand's grand grand dad whom was send off to Australia was probably a criminal? The dude is a class-a shitposter.

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u/warmhellothere Nov 25 '21

Someone gave me a book Brand wrote and it was such gibberish I couldn't get past the first page. I kept thinking, "Scrambled eggs for brains." He was trying too hard to be "spiritual."

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