Info about WWII American business links to Germany
February 6, 2014 8:34 AM Subscribe
Are there any books or other resources about the links American businesses had with Germany leading up to and during WWII?
posted by Ickster to Society & Culture (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I was recently reading about U-Boats during WWII, and read a remarkable passage about the fact that American shipping underwriters were sharing risk information--including cargoes, destinations, and sailing dates--with underwriters in Zurich, who then shared it with underwriters in Germany. Even after this became known, it continued until it was made illegal in 1943!
I'm also aware that Coca-Cola and Ford (I think) had some problems because of their extensive investment and expansion in Germany in the years leading up to the war.
All in all, I'm finding myself fascinated by the picture of business being business during the war, which is of course in direct contrast to the popular image of business subordinating the profit motive to the patriotic war effort. I'd really like to learn more about the reality.