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PostAnti-Semitism: IBM and the Holocaust (John Heelan, UK, 12/01/18 4:21 am)
Regarding anti-Semitism, JE wrote on November 20th: "I'm visualizing the macabre scene of an Nazi bureaucrat, highlighter in hand, scouring the Copenhagen phone book for Jewish-sounding names."
Not so. The source material for the roundups in the ghettos was provided by the German subsidiary of IBM, based on the 1933 German census. See the book IBM and the Holocaust by Edwin Black, 2001.
Note that in a revised 2002 paperback edition, Edwin Black states that he provides additional evidence that IBM New York established a special subsidiary in Poland called Watson Business Machines to deal with railway traffic in the General Government, and did so after the Sept 1, 1939 Nazi invasion of Poland, and continued this business relationship during the Holocaust. Watson Business Machines operated a punch card printing shop near the Warsaw Ghetto. According to Black, some concentration camps housed primitive machine rooms for the punched cards and unit equipment. As I cut my high-tech teeth on such IBM equipment, it makes me shiver to realise that we in that industry have a lot to answer for. (Visiting La Coupole in France where V2s were assembled, I recall seeing in their exhibition such lists, as well as Nazi torture artifacts.)
Let us not forget also that one of the root causes of anti-Semitism is religious competition in each of the three monotheist faiths. They not only defined their competitors as "the Other," blaming them for their deeds(real and alleged) over the last 2000 years. Perhaps the Temple Mount should come under the direct control of the United Nations?
JE comments: WAISers may remember that author Edwin Black once threatened to sue us! (There are only three or four members in this elite club.) I last mentioned Mr Black in the context of the summer's worst film, The Death of a Nation:
Check the WAIS archives for our original discussions of Mr Black's book. Unfortunately, the record is incomplete. Some of the original posts have been expunged, under Black's threats and by agreement of the WAIS Board.