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No atonement from Royal Dutch Shell for its Nazi history

Its employees — there are 180,000 around the world — have reported that customers accuse them of “working for Nazis.” There have been boycott threats…

By John Donovan

A New York Times article published on 14 June 2019 reveals that billionaire descendants of a family who control a company which owns Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Pret A Manger and a number of other famous brands are grappling with the exposure of an unspeakable secret – a Nazi history. 

Extracts:

Decades after World War II, Benckiser evolved into one of the largest consumer goods conglomerates on the planet. Known today as JAB Holding Company…

For decades, they say, they did not know about their father’s Nazism and the abuses that took place at the company they inherited:

A two-volume company history glossed over the Nazi era in a handful of pages.

Only now, 74 years after World War II, are the family and the company grappling with their dark and complicated history.

JAB’s portfolio of sunny coffee-and-doughnut brands in the United States made the revelations a global news story.

Its employees — there are 180,000 around the world — have reported that customers accuse them of “working for Nazis.” There have been boycott threats; this month, The Boston Globe published a scathing article with the headline: “I found out Nazi money is behind my favorite coffee. Should I keep drinking it?”

The New York Times article says the story is also a tale of modern-day corporate atonement” and lists the steps taken in this regard.

Although the eminent historian authors of the most recent four-volume history of Royal Dutch Shell did not gloss over Shell’s Nazi past, they did spin their account heavily in favour of their paying client – Shell. The oil giant was actually much more deeply involved and financially supportive of the Nazi than Benckiser.

I am not aware of any atonement by Royal Dutch Shell for its Nazi past which included antisemitism against its own employees that cost many of them their lives.

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL FOUNDER HENRI DETERDING FUNERAL IN BERLIN

NEW YORK TIMES REPORT OF ONE OF THE MEETINGS ROYAL DUTCH SHELL FOUNDER SIR HENRI DETERDING HAD WITH ADOLF HITLER. FOUR DAYS AS AN HONOURED GUEST.

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