The Dark History of Germany’s Wealthiest — David de Jong
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A reckoning awaits some of Germany’s wealthiest families. They seized Jewish businesses, used slave labor, and maintained concentration camps. Yet the heirs of these dynasties fail to acknowledge their dark pasts. David de Jong joins host Charles Mizrahi to discuss how the patriarchs of the families controlling companies like Volkswagen and BMW became involved with the Third Reich — and why now is the time for transparency.

Topics Discussed:

  • An Introduction to David de Jong (00:00:00)
  • Uncovered Secrets (00:01:47)
  • Aryanizing Businesses (00:7:43)
  • The Industrialists Meet Hitler (00:12:49)
  • Germany’s Wealthiest Families (00:17:00)
  • Sanitizing the Past (00:19:51)
  • Why Now? (00:24:57)
  • Dirty Money (00:29:16)
  • What Germany Is Doing Now (00:35:08)

Guest Bio:

David de Jong is a journalist and author. He previously covered European banking and finance for Bloomberg News. His work has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, and the Dutch Financial Daily. His debut book (below) explores how Germany’s biggest companies profited during the Third Reich.

Resources Mentioned:

·  Nazi Billionaires: The Dark History of Germany's Wealthiest Dynasties


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