List of companies involved in the Holocaust

This list includes corporations and their documented collaboration with implementation of the Holocaust.


Company name Year established Place of origin Activity
AEG 1883 Germany Forced labour from concentration camps.[1]
Allianz 1890 Berlin, Germany Provided insurance for facilities and workers at concentration camps.[2]
Associated Press 1846 New York, United States Censorship and cooperation with Nazi Germany.[3][4]
Audi (Auto Union)[5] 1910 Zwickau, Germany Forced labour from concentration camps.[5]
Baccarat (company)[6] 1764 Baccarat, France Produced propaganda items for Nazi State and Vichy Collaborating State.
Bahlsen[7] 1889 Hannover, Germany Employed about 200 forced labourers between 1943 and 1945 - most of whom were women from Nazi-occupied Ukraine.
BASF[8][9] 1865 Ludwigshafen, Germany Collaborated with Degussa AG - now Evonik Industries - and IG Farben - to produce sodas used in Zyklon B - utilized in Concentration Camps to commit mass murder. The BASF built the chemical factory IG Auschwitz.
Bayer[8][10] 1863 Barmen, Germany Forced labour and medical experimentation in concentration camps,[11] production of the chemicals and pharmaceuticals supplies of Nazi Germany.
BMW[8][12][13] 1916 Munich, Germany Forced labour from concentration camps,[14] produced fighting sidecar motorcycles BMW R75 and aircraft engines.
Carl Walther GmbH[citation needed] 1886 Zella-Mehlis, Germany Produced Gewehr military carabines and Walther handguns.
Chase National Bank[15][16][17] 1877 Manhattan, New York State, USA Assisted in the sale of Nazi war bonds (Rueckwanderer Marks) to German Americans.
Degussa AG (now Evonik Industries)[18][19][8] 1843 Frankfurt, Germany Zyklon B pesticide production used for executions in gas chambers.
Dehomag (a subsidiary of IBM)[20][page needed][21][22] 1896 Germany Provided data computers for the Gestapo state police notably for arrests.
DEST[23] 1938 Berlin, Germany SS owned stone works and later, armaments manufacturer. Used slave labour.
Deutsche Bank[8][24] 1870 Berlin, Germany Provided construction loans for Auschwitz.
Deutsche Bergwerks- und Hüttenbau[25] Late 1800s Germany Mine and quarries.
Deutsche Wirtschaftsbetriebe[citation needed] 1940 Germany Holding company for SS-owned businesses.
Dresdner Bank[8][26][27] 1872 Dresden, Germany Major stakeholder in the construction company for Auschwitz.
Eisenwerke Oberdonau[citation needed] 1938 Germany Steel production. Part of Reichswerke Hermann Göring.
Flugmotorenwerke Ostmark[28] 1941 Lower Austria Engine production mainly for aircraft.
Focke-Wulf[29]: 118  1924 Bremen, Germany Produced Focke-Wulf military planes.
Franz Eher Nachfolger[30] 1887 Munich, Germany Produced books and the famous Mein Kampf under the control of the Nazi party.
General Motors[31] 1900 Detroit, United States Automotive industry, provided passenger vehicles for the SS, Wehrmacht and the Nazi party.
Hoesch AG[8] 1871 Dortmund, Germany Mines and steel productions.
Hugo Boss[32] 1924 Metzingen, Germany Produced propaganda items for Nazi State and Vichy Collaborating State.
IBM[20] 1911 Armonk, New York, USA Produced early computers utilized in the pursuit of the Holocaust by Nazi Germany.
IG Farben[33] 1925 Frankfurt am Main, Germany Zyklon B main manufacturer.
Krupp[33][34][1] (now part of ThyssenKrupp) 1811 Essen, Germany Zyklon B was produced by the company along with other ones. Some more of the productions were Panzer Tank Series, U-boats, military ships, artillery guns.
Maggi (now owned by Nestlé) 1884 Vevey, Switzerland Benefited from slave labour.[35]
Mercedes-Benz (as well as then-owner Daimler-Benz)[8][36][37] 1926 Stuttgart, Germany Forced labour from concentration camps, produced turret for tanks. Also were the limos of choice of Nazi leaders such as Hitler, Göring, Himmler, and Heydrich. (See Mercedes-Benz 770)
Porsche[38] 1931 Stuttgart, Germany Forced labour,[39] created design for the first version of the outgunning heavy Tiger tank series: the Tiger I despite the trials it was not retained for further production.
Puma 1924 Herzogenaurach, Germany As Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory, with Adidas. Shoe supplier to Hitler Youth.[40]
Reichswerke Hermann Göring[41] 1937 Berlin, Germany State-owned steelworks.
Siemens[8][42][1] 1847 Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany Forced labour,[43] Trucks possibly other productions as trains.
Škoda Works[citation needed] 1869 Pilsen, Czechia Produced artillery for the Wehrmacht.
Standard Oil[44] 1870 Cleveland, Ohio Provided fuel for U-boats.
Steyr Arms[45] 1864 Steyr, Austria Forced labour in the Steyr-Münichholz subcamp, production of weapons.
Steyr-Daimler-Puch[46] 1864 Steyr, Austria Constructed military facilities and military vehicles as the light RSO Raupenschlepper Ost (with cargo, selfpropelled antitank and traction versions).
Stoewer 1899 Stettin, Germany Used forced labour in its factory.[47] It manufacturer leichter geländegängiger Einheits-PKW, a versatile four-wheel drive car, for Wehrmacht.[48]
Swarovski[49][50] 1895 Wattens, Austria Members of the executive board were members of the Nazi Party.
Thyssen AG (now part of ThyssenKrupp)[8] 1891 Hamborn, Germany Produced steel, machines, weapons and steelworks.
Topf and Sons[51] 1878 Erfurt, Germany Designed, manufactured and installed crematoria for concentration and extermination camps.
Volkswagen Group 1937 Berlin, Germany Forced labour from concentration camps.[8][52] Produced V-1 flying bomb[53] and Kübelwagen military vehicles.[38]


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