IG Farben and the Making of Hitler's War MachineBook - 2008
Traces the rise and fall of a powerful early twentieth-century German chemical conglomerate, documenting its connection to the Nazi party that resulted in its leaders' trials for murder and slave labor, and evaluating its wartime activities.
The remarkable rise and shameful fall of one of the twentieth century’s greatest conglomerates
At its peak in the 1930s, the German chemical conglomerate IG Farben was one of the most powerful corporations in the world. To this day, companies formerly part of the Farben cartel—the aspirin-maker Bayer, the graphics supplier Agfa, the plastics giant BASF—continue to play key roles in the global market. IG Farben itself, however, is remembered mostly for its infamous connections to the Nazi Party and its complicity in the atrocities of the Holocaust. After the war, Farben’s leaders were tried for crimes that included mass murder and exploitation of slave labor.
In Hell’s Cartel, Diarmuid Jeffreys presents the first comprehensive account of IG Farben’s rise and fall, tracing the enterprise from its nineteenth-century origins, when the discovery of synthetic dyes gave rise to a vibrant new industry, through the upheavals of the Great War era, and on to the company’s fateful role in World War II. Drawing on extensive research and original interviews, Hell’s Cartel sheds new light on the codependence of industry and the Third Reich, and offers a timely warning against the dangerous merger of politics and the pursuit of profit.
Traces the rise and fall of a powerful early twentieth-century German chemical conglomerate, documenting its infamous connection to the Nazi party that resulted in its leaders' trials for murder and slave labor, evaluating its wartime activities, and offering insight into the role of politics and big money in promoting industry corruption.