Business and Industry in Nazi Germany

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"This stimulating volume ...offers students and the interested general reader an excellent introduction to the topic...This very readable collection is ideally suited as a point of orientation for future research on the question of corporate behaviour and corporate social responsibility under the NS-dictatorship." · Ingo Köhler, in sehepunkte 5

"With its five concise case studies, the book gives a good insights into methods, trends and results of recent research." · Historische Zeitschrift

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Overview

"This stimulating volume ...offers students and the interested general reader an excellent introduction to the topic...This very readable collection is ideally suited as a point of orientation for future research on the question of corporate behaviour and corporate social responsibility under the NS-dictatorship." · Ingo Köhler, in sehepunkte 5

"With its five concise case studies, the book gives a good insights into methods, trends and results of recent research." · Historische Zeitschrift

During the past decade, the role of Germany's economic elites under Hitler has once again moved into the limelight of historical research and public debate. This volume brings together a group of internationally renowned scholars who have been at the forefront of recent research. Their articles provide an up-to-date synthesis, which is as comprehensive as it is insightful, of current knowledge in this field. The result is a volume that offers students and interested readers a brief but focused introduction to the role of German businesses and industries in the crimes of Hitler's Third Reich. Not only does this book treat the subject in an accessible manner; it also emerges as particularly relevant in light of current controversies over the nature of business-state relations, corporate social responsibility, and globalization.

Francis R. Nicosia is the Raul Hilberg Distinguished Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Vermont. He has written on German Zionism and German Middle East policy during the Weimar and Nazi periods, and is author of The Third Reich and the Palestine Question, and co-author of The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust.

Jonathan Huener is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Vermont. He has written on aspects of memorial culture in postwar Germany and Poland, and is author of Auschwitz, Poland, and the Politics of Commemoration, 1945-1979.

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Francis R. Nicosia is the Raul Hilberg Distinguished Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Vermont. He has written on German Zionism and German Middle East policy during the Weimar and Nazi periods, and is author of The Third Reich and the Palestine Question, and co-author of The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust.

Jonathan Huener is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Vermont. He has written on aspects of memorial culture in postwar Germany and Poland, and is author of Auschwitz, Poland, and the Politics of Commemoration, 1945-1979.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Business and Industry in Nazi Germany in Historiographical Context 1
1 Financial Institutions in Nazi Germany: Reluctant or Willing Collaborators? 15
2 Banks and Business Politics in Nazi Germany 43
3 The Chemistry of Business-State Relations in the Third Reich 66
4 The Business of Genocide: The SS, Slavery, and the Concentration Camps 81
5 Corporate Social Responsibility and the Issue of Compensation: The Case of Ford and Nazi Germany 104
6 Writing the History of Business in the Third Reich: Past Achievements and Future Directions 129
App. A Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service, 7 April 1933 149
App. B The Leadership of the German Government on the Effect on the Economy of German Policy toward the Jews, August 1935 151
App. C The Launching of the Four-Year Plan, August to September 1936 153
App. D The Structure of Business Organization 163
App. E Regulation for the Elimination of the Jews from the Economic Life of Germany, 12 November 1938 164
App. F An "Aryanization" Contract, 27 December 1938 166
App. G German Court Order Declaring Ford-Werke Enemy Property and Placing It under Nazi Custodianship, 15 May 1942 174
App. H Research Findings about Ford-Werke under the Nazi Regime (Report Summary), 2001 176
Notes on Contributors 190
Selected Bibliography 192
Index 202
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