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Doing Business with Hitler

Koch Was Not Alone in Aiding the Nazi War Machine by Dusty Sklar JANE MAYER’S RECENTLY PUBLISHED Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, is causing a stir. She reports that Fred C. Koch, the father of billionaire rightwing political activists Charles G. and David H. Koch, […]

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July 26: Josef Ganz and the Volkswagen

Joseph Ganz, the Jewish car designer who created a prototype vehicle that helped inspire the Hitler-endorsed “Volkswagen” — a small, affordable “people’s car” — died at 69 on this date in 1967. Ganz, who had a Hungarian Jewish mother and a German Jewish father, became a fervent car designer in his early twenties and created […]

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July 3: Citroën’s Factory

Engineer André Citroën, who introduced mass manufacturing to French industry through the car that bears his name, died at 57 in Paris on this date in 1935. Citroën developed the double helical (or herringbone) gear, which drove the RMS Titanic. In 1913, he took over the Mors automobile company and turned it into a dynamo […]

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March 21: The Architect of Industry

Albert Kahn, known as “the architect of Detroit,” who designed Henry Ford’s massive production line factories and by 1938 had designed some 20 percent of the architect-designed industrial buildings in the U.S., was born in Prussia on this date in 1869. He came to the U.S. at age 11 and established his architectural firm in […]

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