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Audi AG
Country: Germany
Exchange: Munich Stock Exchange
BBC News | Americas | German firms face slave labour case
Volkswagen is one of the companies named in lawsuits filed in the US by Holocaust survivors who say they were used as slave labour. One survivor, Elly Gross, said she was separated from her family at Auschwitz, where her mother and brother died, and taken to work at a VW factory. She said: "Auschwitz was the hell. The factory where I worked was the skirt of the hell."
Tuesday, 1 September, 1998
Company names appearing in this article are:
  • Audi AG (a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG) (Germany)
  • BMW AG (BMW Group) (Germany)
  • Daimler-Benz (now Daimler AG) (Germany)
  • Diehl (now Diehl Stiftung & Co. (Germany)
  • Krupp-Hoesch (ThyssenKrupp AG) (Germany)
  • Leica Camera AG (Germany)
  • MAN Group (predecessor GHH Fahrzeuge GmbH, Oberhausen) MAN Group sold off GHH Fahrzeuge GmbH, Oberhausen. Shares of company taken over by Schmidt, Kranz & Co. (Germany)
  • Siemens AG (Germany)
  • Volkswagen AG (Germany)
Aventis (now Sanofi-Aventis SA)
Industry and Ideology: IG Farben in the Nazi Era
by Peter Hayes
Paperback, New Edition
Pub. Date: October 2000, Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 052178638X
Nazi Chemical Giant Declares Bankruptcy | Business & Economics | Deutsche Welle | 10.11.2003
The infamous Nazi poison-gas manufacturer IG Farben is insolvent, possibly leaving thousands of former forced laborers trying to claim compensation out in the cold.
... After World War II, the Allies stripped the firm of most of its assets, which were transferred to the three chemical firms Bayer, Hoechst (now Aventis) and BASF. Since then IG Farben's legal successor has been in the process of being liquidated, while its stocks continue to be traded.
Company names appearing in this article are:
  • IG Farben (Aventis, BASF Aktiengesellschaft, and Bayer AG) (Germany)
    • Aventis (formerly part of IG Farben) (Germany)
    • BASF (BASF Aktiengesellschaft) (formerly part of IG Farben) (Germany)
    • Bayer AG (formerly part of IG Farben) (Germany)
    • Hoechst (now Aventis) (formerly part of IG Farben) (Germany)
BBC NEWS | Business | Former Zyklon-B maker goes bust
The German company which produced the poison gas used in Nazi concentration camps during the Second World War is to file for bankruptcy.
by Jonathan Charles
BBC Europe correspondent
Monday, 10 November, 2003, 12:57 GMT
Company names appearing in this article are:
  • IG Farben (Aventis, BASF Aktiengesellschaft, and Bayer AG) (Germany)
Company profiles: Bayer AG 01.03.02
Bayer AG
A Corporate Profile
By Corporate Watch UK
Completed March 2002
Company names appearing in Corporate Watch UK articles re: Bayer AG are:
  • IG Farben (Aventis, BASF Aktiengesellschaft, and Bayer AG) (Germany)
    • Aventis (formerly part of IG Farben) (Germany)
    • BASF (BASF Aktiengesellschaft) (formerly part of IG Farben) (Germany)
    • Bayer AG (formerly part of IG Farben) (Germany)
    • Hoechst (now Aventis) (formerly part of IG Farben) (Germany)
BBC News | BUSINESS | IG Farben to be dissolved
Germany's IG Farben, which made the poison Zyklon-B gas used in Nazi death camps, will be wound up by 2003, 50 years after going into liquidation.
Monday, 17 September, 2001
Company names appearing in this article are:
  • Agfa (former complete subsidiary of Bayer AG) now Agfa-Gevaert Group (Belgium)
  • BASF (BASF Aktiengesellschaft) (formerly part of IG Farben) (Germany)
  • Bayer AG (formerly part of IG Farben) (Germany)
  • Hoechst (now Aventis) (formerly part of IG Farben) (Germany)
BBC News | EUROPE | Nazi slave cash dismissed as 'gesture'
Former Nazi slave Rudy Kennedy was only 15 when he was taken to Auschwitz. "Most of the banks contributing to the payment fund will be supplying more in this year's Christmas bonuses to their senior staff than to the entire group of survivors of the Nazi regime," he claims.
"I was taken as a 15-year-old with my family from Breslau in Poland to Auschwitz... My mother and my sister were gassed immediately but my father and myself were allowed to work. I was owned by the SS and they hired us out to big companies such as Hoechst, BASF, Agfa and Bayer. My father managed to stay alive about eight weeks."
Wednesday, 15 December, 1999
Company names appearing in this article are:
  • Agfa (former complete subsidiary of Bayer AG) now Agfa-Gevaert Group (Belgium)
  • BASF (BASF Aktiengesellschaft) (formerly part of IG Farben) (Germany)
  • Bayer AG (formerly part of IG Farben) (Germany)
  • Hoechst (now Aventis) (formerly part of IG Farben) (Germany)
BBC News | Europe | Fund for Nazi slave labourers
A German company, IG Farben, which used slave labourers in Nazi concentration camps has agreed to pay compensation to Holocaust survivors. The chemical giant made Zyklon-B, the gas used to kill Jews in the concentration camps. At Auschwitz, IG Farben ran a slave labour plant using 83,000 people at its peak in 1944.
Wednesday, 18 August, 1999

AXA
Country: Germany
Exchange: Xetra
NARA - Holocaust-Era Assets - Marta's List: The Pursuit of Holocaust Survivors' Lost Insurance Claims
U.S. National Archives & Records Administration
By Steven Sullivan
This Article appears in the July/August 1998 issue of Contingencies: American Academy of Actuaries
The Nazi solution was simple: Don't pay.
Letters on insurance company letterhead to the Third Reich that point to enthusiastic complicity in the denial of insurance proceeds to Jews.
Company names appearing in this article are:
  • Adriatica (now a subsidiary of Allianz AG) (Germany)
  • Basler Leben
  • Assicurazioni Generali (Italy)
  • Reunione Adriatica di Sicurth (now owned by Allianz AG) (Germany)
  • Winterthur (now owned by AXA) (Switzerland)
  • AXA (Switzerland)
SUMMARY REPORT to the NAIC Holocaust Insurance Issues Working Group
National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Insurance Commissioner, Washington State
Chair, NAIC Working Group on Holocaust & Insurance Issues
June 18, 1998
Company names appearing in this article are:
  • Allianz AG (Germany)
    Headquarters: Munich, Germany
    U.S. Subsidiaries: Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America, American Automobile Insurance Co., American Insurance Company, Associated Indemnity Corp., Chicago Insurance Company, Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. of Nebraska, Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. of Wisconsin, Interstate Indemnity Co., Jefferson Insurance Co. of New York, National Surety Corp., San Francisco Reinsurance Co., Warner Insurance Co., Allianz Insurance Company.
    Dr. Kurt Schmitt, head of Allianz, served as a Minister of Economics under Hitler in the 1930's. American archival documents show that Dr. Schmitt and Allianz (along with other German carriers) successfully pressed the Nazis to relieve them of payment of Jewish claims arising from Kristallnacht.
    Other archival documents suggest that Allianz and other German carriers independently expanded the scope of Nazi "racial laws" by systematically denying claims by Jews, canceling coverage for Jewish policyholders, and other business practices.

  • Assicurazioni Generali (Italy)
    Headquarters: Rome, Italy
    U.S. Subsidiaries: Business Men's Assurance Co. of America, Generali US Branch, Jones & Babson Inc., (In addition, Generali has U.S. investments in non-insurance businesses.)
    In 1938, the company was "Aryanized", and Generali became the main foreign insurer to operate in Nazi-occupied Europe. In fact, Generali assumed portfolios of several Czech carriers after the Munich agreement.
    After the war, Generali responded to claims from Holocaust victims by asserting that absence of records and nationalization of its assets by the Communists in Eastern Europe nullified its responsibilities for such claims.

  • Riunione Adriatica di Sicurta (now owned by Allianz AG) (Germany)
    Headquarters: Trieste, Italy
    U.S. Subsidiaries: Riunione is part of the Allianz group
    Adriatica asserts that all policy records from the era were destroyed near the end of the war.

  • Winterthur Group (now owned by AXA) (Switzerland)
    Headquarters: Winterthur, Switzerland
    U.S. Subsidiaries: Blue Ridge Insurance Company, General Casualty Company of Wisconsin, Regent Insurance Company, Republic Insurance Company, Southern Insurance Company, Unigard Indemnity Company, Vanguard Insurance Company, Winterthur Life Reinsurance Company, WINCORP Inc., Southern Fire & Casualty, WINCORP Inc.of California, Republic Vanguard Life Insurance Company, Chapparal Life Insurance Co., General Casualty of Illinois, General Financial Corp., Hoosier Insurance Co., Vanguard Underwriters, Compact Service Co., Allied Premium Finance, International Administrators, MassWest Financial Group, MassWest Insurance Co., Blue Ridge Indemnity Co., So. County Mutual Insurance Co., Republic Diversified Services, Insured Lloyds, Southern Insurance Co., Republic-Vanguard Insurance Co.
    There are assertions that Winterthur agents in Belgium sold special "two-payment" life policies to Jews. Many policyholders would have been sent to death camps before the second payment and the policies may have been voided. The company categorically denies this ever happened. The issue remains unresolved.
    The Simon Wiesenthal Center pressed Winterthur for examination of records and, subsequently, identified three policies paid out to the Nazis, one a 1924 policy estimated to be worth nearly 1,000,000 Swiss francs at current values.

  • Zurich Life (Zurich Financial Services) (Switzerland)
    Headquarters: Zurich, Switzerland
    U.S. Subsidiaries: American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Co., American Zurich Insurance Co., Assurance Company of America, City Insurance Company, Colonial American Casualty & Surety Company, Empire Fire & Marine Insurance Co., Federal Kemper Life Assurance Co., Fidelity & Deposit Company of Maryland, Fidelity Life Association, Home Insurance Company, Kemper Investors Life Insurance Co., Maryland Casualty Co., Northern Insurance Company of New York, Universal Underwriters Insurance Co., U.S. International Reinsurance Co., ZC Insurance Company, Zurich Insurance Company, Zurich Insurance Co. U.S. Branch, Zurich Life Insurance Company of America, Zurich Reinsurance Centre Inc.

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