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  •  So there IS a relationship to the German (4+ / 0-)

    company that built armaments for the Nazis in WWII.  Nice.

    •  And used slave labor to do so. (3+ / 0-)
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      Krupp was notorious for short worker lifespan as I recall.

      If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when? Rabbi Hillel

      by AndyT on Sat Apr 16, 2011 at 10:08:10 AM PDT

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    •  It's all One-Big-Happy-Family. (3+ / 0-)
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      Jeffersonian Democrat, Matt Z, koNko

      And we'all ain't even distant cousins.

      Nuclear Reactor = Dirty Bomb

      by olo on Sat Apr 16, 2011 at 12:23:00 PM PDT

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    •  That's one of the odd things about WW2 (2+ / 0-)
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      We bombed the hell out of Dresen and devastated the homes of Germans. We left their manufacturing capacity intact. meanwhile the Nazis devasted the countries of Eastern Europe, and if you go into some of the Balkans, those countries were starved, left with nothing but rubble.

      No wonder the Germans came back strong in such a short time. Their manufacturing capacity was already there BECAUSE of the war.

      There are two kinds of people in this world. The kind who divide the world into two kinds of people, and the kind who don't.

      by upstate NY on Sat Apr 16, 2011 at 01:34:20 PM PDT

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    •  Not just a relationship. Thyssen and Krupp were (2+ / 0-)
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      THE armament base of Hitler.  Thyssen, with the financial backing of Prescott Bush ( Hitler's Angel ) was the steel manufacturer and Krupp made the guns.  They were the winners of World War II as they won all the money and didn't have to give any of it back.

      Alfred Krupp was convicted of war crimes and the enormous arms manufacturing company was taken from him and put up for sale.  The government failed to find a buyer and amazingly they just turned it back over to Krupp himself.  Oh well.

      There is a large Thyssen Krupp office right by the Detroit Metro Airport, on the Detroit Industrial Freeway.  Henry Ford was a huge fan of and a close personal friend of the Fuhrer.  The industrial ties to Ford and the Nazis are many.  Ford served as an advisor to Hitler in the manufacture of one of his pet projects The People's Car, or Volkswagen, made incidentally with Thyssen steel.  Nice

      When the rose lies withered by the roadside don't try to negotiate the bloom.

      by Atilla the Honey Bunny on Sat Apr 16, 2011 at 07:23:32 PM PDT

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      •  I posted elsewhere (2+ / 0-)

        With a comment linking to histories of Thysen and Krupp.

        Generally, steel companies benefit from war.

        Want another historical relationship? Japan Steel Works, Vickers and Armstrong-Whitworth, three of the great large ingot steel foundries of the 20th century.

        After WWI Vickers and Armstrong-Whitworth merged some operations, but the latter made a tidy profit building ships for the Japanse navy before WWII.

        JSW, by the way, is the largest producer of single forging nuclear reactor pressure vessels.

        Dont ask me how I know all this stuff, I work in the microelectronic industry! OK - I confess: steelmaking is a lifelong interest of mine.


        What about my Daughter's future?

        by koNko on Sun Apr 17, 2011 at 10:41:48 AM PDT

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