This series of YouTube videos, in German with English subtitles, says about itself:
16 May 2010 — The Quandt family is the silent might behind one of the world’s largest and most profitable automakers, BMW. Yet the family has a dark past. Its businesses profited from forced labour during the Third Reich, and the patriarchs, who were intimately involved with the Nazi regime, managed to escape prosecution and keep those profits when the war ended. This documentary shows the victims, and asks the question, “Why are the Quandts silent?”
It is my hope that, by making this excellent German documentary available to English-speaking people, the resulting public pressure will help to move the Quandts to acknowledge the family’s role, apologise, and take active steps to make reparations to the victims.
As far as I know, only Parts 1 and 2 of 7 are on YouTube yet.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Queen’s dad ‘got rich making guns for nazis‘
Thursday 02 December 2010
Swedish Queen Silvia‘s late father made a killing producing armaments for the nazi war machine in a factory stolen from Jewish people, according to a documentary aired on Swedish TV this week.
TV4’s Kalla Fakta programme uncovered documents showing that her German father Walter Sommerlath was a Nazi Party member who took over a firm owned by Efim Wechsler under “Aryanisation” laws.
Under Mr Sommerlath the company churned out anti-aircraft guns, tank parts and other materiel for the Wehrmacht.
Queen Silvia has insisted that her father was not “politically active” and that the factory produced toy trains and hairdryers.
Swedish investigative journalist Bosse Schon said: “The truth is that he joined Hitler‘s Nazi Party on December 1 1934.
“Also, Queen Silvia’s father worked during his time in Brazil for the German company Acos-Buderus-do Brasil-Ltda, which used wartime prisoners as slave labour in nazi Germany.
- ‘We Are Next’: Greek Jews Fear Rise Of Far-Right Party (wnyc.org)
- VIDEO: German visit to Nazi horror village (bbc.co.uk)
- Nuremberg rallies to repair crumbling Nazi heritage site (independent.co.uk)
- Germany pursues Auschwitz guards (bbc.co.uk)
- German prosecutors call for trial of former Nazi guards (euronews.com)