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Nazi Germany represents one of the most deplorable times in the history of humanity, but did you know that several major companies that are still thriving today had ties with the Nazi movement? If you drive a Jetta, own a Kodak camera, or even take Bayer to alleviate headaches, you're unknowingly using a product that had ties to the Third Reich. Some of these companies associated with Nazi Germany may be obvious, but many of them will likely surprise you – a few of these even have direct ties to Adolf Hitler himself.   

Volkswagen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 9 Companies with Surprising Ties to Nazi Germany
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To Deadheads and hippies who grew up in the 60s, the Volkswagen Beetle represented peace, love, and tranquility. But did you know that the Beetle was actually the brainchild of Adolf Hitler himself? The Führer had the desire to create a car for the common man, since owning a vehicle in early 1930s Germany was something only the wealthy could afford. 

In fact, the word "Volks" translates to "people" in German, thus making the Volkswagen "the people's car." Hitler's desire to create an affordable car for the common man was deemed impossible if done by the private industry, leading him to team with Ferdinand Porsche to create what we now call the Beetle. So next time you see a cheery, 19-year-old college girl cruising in her VW, just smile knowing that she's unknowingly driving a product conceived by one of the most evil men to ever live.

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Hugo Boss is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 9 Companies with Surprising Ties to Nazi Germany
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Modern day Hugo Boss suits are the go-to uniforms for corporate douchebags, but unfortunately, those aren't the only uniforms that the company is known for making. During World War II, Boss manufactured the all black uniforms for the SS, the police-like faction of the Nazi Party. After all, how could the Nazis commit crimes against humanity if they weren't looking fresh to death?

Hugo Boss started in 1924 and was only in business for a few years before declaring bankruptcy, until 1931 when he was given a second chance by creditors. Boss joined the Nazi party and was presented with numerous opportunities to manufacture their uniforms, eventually turning the company into a massive success. Boss was also known to be a great admirer of Hitler, going as far as hanging a picture of himself and the Fuhrer in his apartment. Still want to wear that overpriced cologne? 

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Bayer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 9 Companies with Surprising Ties to Nazi Germany
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It prevents heart attacks, cures headaches, and... helps assist genocide? Well, not exactly, but Bayer's parent company, IG Farben, had strong ties with Nazi Germany, specifically the Holocaust. The company employed many Jewish slaves at numerous factories, but that's not the worse part. Farben was responsible for producing mass quantities of Zyklon B, an agent used to lethally gas millions of Jews and other "undesirables." In the mid '90s, Bayer even publicly apologized for IG Farben's involvement with the Holocaust – I guess 50 years late is better than nothing.

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IBM Global Services is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 9 Companies with Surprising Ties to Nazi Germany
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One of the largest firms in the United States, IBM employees around 500,000 people worldwide and has been around since 1911. However, what many people don't know about the company is that they were instrumental in the success of the Nazis during World War II.

IBM manufactured custom computers for the Nazis that essentially functioned as punch card machines, enabling the Third Reich to keep tabs on the number of Jews being shipped in and out of concentration camps. After the German invasion of Poland in 1939, IBM even increased their output of the machines, knowing that the number of Jews being sent to camps would dramatically increase.    see more on IBM Global Services