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If Volkswagen Subsidiary Does Business in Iran, Nazi-Founded Company Will Again Have Turned to Financial Enrichment Via Genocide
|Barney Breen-Portnoy||December 7th 2016|
The plans of a Volkswagen-owned vehicle manufacturer to do business with Iran are morally troubling given the German automotive giant’s Nazi roots, an investigative journalist and expert on Nazi economic history told The Algemeiner on Tuesday.
“For Volkswagen’s Czech Skoda subsidiary to make industrial pick-up trucks that could enable the advancement of the nuclear program that Tehran promises will destroy the Jewish people, this would ensure history’s determination that this company, Volkswagen, has once again turned to financial enrichment via genocide,” Edwin Black — author of the 2001 book IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance between Nazi Germany and America’s Most Powerful Corporation — said.
“There is no wiggle room for Volkswagen and Skoda,” Black said. “Iran is a rogue nation which clearly prioritizes the enhancement of its nuclear program in every economic and industrial decision it makes.”
Volkswagen, Black explained, was “created in the 1930s by Adolf Hitler as a gift to the people of Nazi Germany, who overwhelmingly could not afford expensive cars. It was a pure Nazi invention for a pure Nazi purpose.”
It is estimated that 80% of Volkswagen’s workforce during World War II was comprised of slave laborers, many of whom were Jews. In the 1990s, Volkswagen acknowledged it had used slave labor during the war and set up a $12 million fund to compensate surviving workers.
Following the sanctions relief brought on by the July 2015 signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by the Islamic Republic and six world powers, businesses around the globe — with encouragement from the Obama administration — have been eyeing the Iranian market.
In Black’s view, world powers were “bribed” into agreeing to the nuclear deal by the “massive amount of contracts that would be made possible, including with Boeing, Airbus and Skoda, etc.”
Last month, as reported by The Algemeiner, German companies were warned by the United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) advocacy group that doing business with Iran was a dangerous proposition.
“The only way for German companies to avoid the risks inherent in the Iranian market is to abandon these business pursuits entirely,” UANI senior adviser and former director of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service Dr. August Hanning said in a statement. “The Iranian regime remains a bad actor in the global community, given its ongoing extensive support of terrorism and its high profile and deliberate promotion of Holocaust denial. German business leaders should not reward this noxious regime until substantial and permanent reforms are implemented.”
Also in November, UANI issued a similar warning to Czech companies, including Skoda.