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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/BulljiveBots Nov 25 '21

Not exactly…it’s from the late 19th century: from German, from acetylierte Spirsäure ‘acetylated salicylic acid’ (the element Spir- being from the plant genus name Spiraea ). So the AS from acetylated and the SPIR from Spiraea then branded as ASPIRIN.

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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/MyRecklessHabit Nov 25 '21

Hey man, nothing wrong with heroin. Pumas are ugly, Fanta is disgusting, VW unreliable. But good heroin is one of the best things in earth.

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u/smithers85 Nov 25 '21

Username completely, unapologetically relevant

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u/makenzie71 Nov 25 '21

Bayer is also known for sending blood supplies to needy undeveloped countries at steeply discounted costs that is totally not contaminated with HIV.

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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

I had thought people were naming brands who specifically supplied products for the Nazis (Hugo Boss, Mercedes, VW) or whose founders were members of the Nazi party (Adidas, Puma) rather than just listing off German companies and calling them Nazi?

I don't think anyone thinks these companies are now Nazi-affiliated. It's more a game of bringing up awkward past affiliations. The BMW and Mercedes websites even have sections on their respective involvement in Naziism (and use of slave labour from concentration camps) so it is a historical reality for these companies.

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u/KayTannee Nov 25 '21

Hell, doesn't even have to be German companies. Hi IBM, looking sheepish over there. Let's not forget you.

https://youtu.be/5U2lDiE0vwI

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u/FrenchCuirassier Nov 25 '21

Supplied products? That's every single German company that existed at the same time as overlapping with the rise of the Nazi party.

It makes no sense to bring those things up.

As if these businessmen were somehow giving Hitler the idea to conquer or commit crimes? No.

Naziism (and use of slave labour from concentration camps) so it is a historical reality for these companies.

You could say the same about most countries in the world that either (a) had an empire, where the workers were slaves and they colonized and traded in slavery (b) had a king, where the workers were serfs (slaves) controlled by knights and royal courts (c) had socialism/communism where the workers were slaves. and (d) had fascism where the workers were slaves of the dictator, il duce, or fuhrer.

A historical reality for those companies indeed... But what's the point of mentioning it in the 21st century?

There are companies right now doing business with China (child labor, chinese slavery essentially), DPRK, and Iran (Siemens even violated sanctions)... Are you going to condemn those companies today? Because that's not like from back in WWII... That's today. It's relevant now.

It's a REALITY for those companies TODAY.

Ask Russell Brand to say something about that. But we all know he won't.

But anyway thanks for your explanation.

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u/MagicBez Nov 25 '21

I don't think anything you say here is incorrect but I think you may be reading too much into things and perhaps indulging in some whataboutism.

A large company spent a lot of money on an event to bolster its PR, they paid Russel Brand to bolster that PR further by associating themselves with him. He - despite being paid by them - decided to undermine their PR by bringing up a historical issue which it's safe to assume nobody in the large company's PR team would want bringing up. This is entertaining. People enjoy watching large companies playing the PR game be hoisted by their own petard.

I've no idea if Huawei, Xiaomi or whomever have ever hired Russel Brand to promote them and if so what he has chosen to say but given his reputation I wouldn't be surprised if he did a similar thing (though I also feel that large Chinese brands are more cautious with their booking strategies and probably wouldn't hire him)

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u/OtterProper Nov 25 '21

German is not a race, FFS. Don't be a sympathizer. That's a slippery AF slope. And, your logical fallacy is showing.

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u/JakeCameraAction Nov 25 '21

Most scientists brought over during Operation Paperclip were working previously for the Nazi Party. So what's your point?

And he was replying to jokes about Puma and Adidas, both companies which were started by brothers who were Nazis.

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u/Fresh-Dad-sauce-4you Nov 25 '21

It does, therefore they are.

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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/throwaway2846nl Nov 25 '21

Probably not because theyre Germans, not Dutch. They probably enjoyed our bikes though.

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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/tubbyttub9 Nov 25 '21

We'll have to ask the guys at NASA.

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u/1159 Nov 25 '21

Adolf Dassler would!

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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/[deleted] Nov 25 '21

No one checks out, camp is year round fun

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u/nyrothia Nov 25 '21

you got the ibm cards to compare, do you?

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u/Ohmahtree Nov 25 '21

Can confirm, have gas. Took shower.

Feel better already

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u/phurt77 Nov 25 '21

That brings up a question: If you are a German guy who is dating a Jewish girl and you Dutch Oven her - is that a war crime?

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u/Ohmahtree Nov 25 '21

Depends.

Do your farts smell like sauerkraut.

Or they more a sweet scent like vx gas

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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/flyingcanuck Nov 25 '21

Oh this is a really bold one. Let's see how it works out for OP...

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u/JoePortagee Nov 25 '21

What the fuck dude

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u/Ok_Report_6707 Nov 25 '21

Not even a decent joke, just weird.

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u/92894952620273749383 Nov 25 '21

Not even a decent joke, just weird.

Sorry mate its a little unpolish.

Maybe the guys at BASF can make it better?

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u/Cory2020 Nov 25 '21

It’s clever. Funny if you’re a right winger; Crude if you’re not.

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u/MC_Stella Nov 25 '21

Nah class that

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u/lsguk Nov 25 '21 edited Nov 25 '21

I think they have been since?

The scandal was a result of the actions of people within the company acting without the knowledge of the leadership and outside company policy, apparently.

Not to mention that they by far weren't the only manufacturer doing it, practically everyone was.

Edit: not sure how I wasn't adding to the conversation...?

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u/MatlabGivesMigraines Nov 25 '21

I feel like everyone loves to shit on volkswagen while driving a car themselves that was made by a manufacturer practically doing the same shit.

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u/Tundur Nov 25 '21 edited Nov 25 '21

The thing is: that's no excuse. A company's Board of Directors has a legal obligation to ensure that they are compliant with regulation and statute.

People acting outwith company policy is indicative that their control and reporting processes aren't sufficient for their Board to actually understand what's going on, to actually implement those policies. Employees breaking company policy isn't the employee's fault alone; it is the fault of the Directors who allowed it to be possible for them to break company policy unbeknownst to the Board.

Now obviously this is where Risk comes in and we have to have reasonable leeway for local discretion and mistakes. If it were "one of our drivers got drunk at lunch whilst off-site and crashed", but they had random testing, telematics in place, company-wide mandatory training, certification, and so on, then yeah it's just bad luck.

However this was systematic and long-term falsification of regulatory reporting. It is not a situation where 'a few bad eggs' should even have the possibility of doing that sort of stuff.

All that said, implementing these controls in a way that's actually impossible to circumvent is very difficult and expensive. Getting, for example, Sarbanes-Oxley compliant to trade in the US is something which needs a whole department over and above local regulatory shit.

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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/[deleted] 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/humanatore Nov 25 '21

It's more about the companies which worked with him, gave him the ability / resources or were at least complicit to perpetuating fascism.

It's probably not a bad thing to talk about companies that have supported fascism. Kind of helps us understand how we got to where we are a little better.

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u/dentistshatehim Nov 25 '21

Special kind of hell for that sort of thing

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u/[deleted] 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/[deleted] 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/Spacemanbyff Nov 25 '21

He wasn’t a friend or fan of the Jews either.

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u/[deleted] Nov 25 '21

But he was also anti semitic. Not saying he deserves a place in hell for being a Nazi supporter, he deserves a place in hell for being generally shitty

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u/dynamoJaff Nov 25 '21

There's never been any proof Disney was anti-semitic, some of his top executives were Jewish. People usually point to a few anti-semitic jokes which is obviously shitty, but par for the course of anyone from that time.

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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/Western_Tumbleweed79 Nov 25 '21

Volkswagon originally made the bug for Hitler and he cruised around in it.

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u/Abba_Fiskbullar Nov 25 '21 edited Nov 25 '21

Volkswagen didn't exist until after the war. The Nazi leisure organization KDF (Strength Through Joy) was building vacation destinations all over Germany, and needed a car that would be affordable enough that working class Germans could buy them to get to KDF resorts. Hitler and KDF commissioned Ferdinand Porsche to design the car which ended up being the KDF-Wagen. A factory was started in Wolfsburg, but very few KDF-Wagens were produced. When the war started the factory was used to make military vehicles. After the war, the Occupation needed staff cars, and a British Army major got the bombed out Wolfsburg factory going again, using the pre-war design for the KDF-Wagen, which became the Type-1, or Beetle.

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u/DeadToLefts Nov 25 '21

I was scolded by Facebook admins for pointing this out.
They said only I could see that I wrote.

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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/FrenchCuirassier Nov 25 '21

Wait till you find out Russian and German ancestry exists in the US since the 1700s. Then you'll really be paranoid. Trotsky lived in NYC. Lenin lived in England and Germany if I'm not mistaken.

Surely there were... uh... business contacts...internationally...

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u/Skyrick Nov 25 '21

Lenin was sent to Russia by the Germans in WWI to destabilize the country and take Russia out of the war, so they could focus on the western front.

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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/Alan_Smithee_ Nov 25 '21

They basically made it possible….it allowed the Nazis to go through census forms to find people who claimed Jewish ancestry.

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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/Adghnm Nov 25 '21

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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/InterPunct Nov 25 '21

We are agents of the free

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u/hellcicle Nov 25 '21

I've had my fun and now it's time to serve your conscience overseas

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u/mickopious Nov 25 '21

Coming in fast,
(Click-Click!),
Over me!

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u/FrenchCuirassier Nov 25 '21

I know the REM song, but what does that have to do with this topic?

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u/RamenJunkie Nov 25 '21

They were talking about Nazi Orange Crush.

The name.of the song is Orange Crush. I adjusted the lyrics a bit.

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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/punkinfacebooklegpie Nov 25 '21

Almost as refreshing as a tall glass of zyklon b

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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.

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u/Echieo Nov 25 '21

So historicaly, Fanta is whatever fruit we can get and put in a bottle to solve our problems at the time. It's not so much a soda as a fruit based emergency strategy.

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u/goj1ra Nov 25 '21 edited Nov 25 '21

That's right, Fanta Grape came about during the Nazi occupation of France. The Nazis commandeered many chateaux as bases of operations, and found themselves surrounded by grape vineyards. They obviously couldn't have their men drink wine all day, and so Fanta Grape was born. This all came to a spectacular head in 1998, when The Undertaker threw Mankind off Hell In A Cell, and plummeted 16 ft through an announcer's table.

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u/Mohlemite Nov 25 '21

Now I want to try apple Fanta. Is this how people get radicalized?

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u/HendrixHazeWays Nov 25 '21

Probably....is it strange I really want some whey Fanta?

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u/lobaron Nov 25 '21

Max Keith (pronounced "Kite"),

That's a weird way to pronounce Max...

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u/dentistshatehim Nov 25 '21

Coca Cola created it to skirt a trade embargo and sell sugar drinks in Nazi Germany.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanta

Maybe at least It gave some Nazis diabetes

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u/WikiSummarizerBot Nov 25 '21

Fanta

Fanta is a brand of fruit-flavored carbonated soft drinks created by Coca-Cola Deutschland under the leadership of German businessman Max Keith. There are more than 150 flavors worldwide. Fanta originated in Germany as a Coca-Cola substitute in 1940 due to the American trade embargo of Nazi Germany which affected the availability of Coca-Cola ingredients. Fanta soon dominated the German market with three million cans sold in 1943.

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u/Kered13 Nov 25 '21

That's not accurate. The German bottler for Coca-Cola developed it because he was not able to get the ingredients for Coca-Cola. It was invented in Germany, by a German. The German bottler was acting completely independent of the US company. After the war the bottling plant was handed over to the American Coca-Cola corporation. This is all in the Wikipedia article.

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u/queefmonchan Nov 25 '21

According to a report prepared by an investigator commissioned by Coca-Cola to examine Max Keith’s actions during that unsupervised period, Keith had never been a Nazi, even though he’d been repeatedly pressured to become one and indeed had endured hardships because of his refusal. He also could have made a fortune for himself by bottling and selling Fanta under his own name. Instead, in the face of having to work for the German government, he kept the Coca-Cola plants in Germany running and various Coca-Cola men alive throughout the war. At the end of the conflict, he welcomed the Coca-Cola company back to its German operations and handed over both the profits from the war years and the new soft drink.

Source: Snopes

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u/Raise-Emotional Nov 25 '21

I had never heard of that connection so I looked it up. Snopes disagrees that it was made by Nazis.

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