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The forerunner to the modern computer, the Hollerith machine - manufactured by International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) and its foreign subsidiaries, including IBM in Germany - was used by German government statistical offices to track Jewish population centers and geographic locations of others deemed undesirable.
Originally posted by spearhead
So did the US no what they were using these machines for?
Especially GM and ford which operated factories even during the bombing campaigns.
Originally posted by ConspiracyNut23
About the Nazi thing, nobody should forget that the german government was Nazi. If you or me where there we’d also be Nazis. I hate it when Schwarzenegger is accused of being a Nazi, not because I hate or love the guy, but everyone there were Nazis (unless on the prosecuting end) and I’m kind of tired of hearing, “oh that scientist was a Nazi” or something like that.
Everyone from Germany in a certain age group were Nazi, resistance often meant death, so maybe we should give them a bit of a break.
It has been known for decades that the Nazis used Hollerith equipment and that IBM's German subsidiary during the 1930s -- Deutsche Hollerith Maschinen GmbH (Dehomag) -- supplied Hollerith equipment. As with hundreds of foreign-owned companies that did business in Germany at that time, Dehomag came under the control of Nazi authorities prior to and during World War II.
IBM would want to say they lost control of their German subsidiaries. That's clearly false. Thomas Watson and the New York office micromanaged every aspect of their subsidiaries in Europe and especially in Germany, their most profitable foreign operation. The New York office was aware of all uses for their machines in Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe from the moment Hitler came to power in 1933 until about the fall of 1941, two years after World War II started.
Remember, IBM custom-designed the machines, custom-designed the applications and custom-printed the punch cards. There were no universal punch cards or machine wiring. Programs to identify Jews, Jewish bank accounts, barrels of oil, Luftwaffe flights, welfare payments, train schedules into camps, and even the concentration camp information--all these had to be tailored for each application.