Login/Sign up

World Association of International Studies

Post Anti-Semitism: IBM and the Holocaust
Created by John Eipper on 12/01/18 4:21 AM

Previous posts in this discussion:


Anti-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.

Rate this post
Informational value 
Reader Ratings (0)
Informational value0%

Visits: 109


Please login/register to reply or comment: Login/Sign up

Trending Now

All Forums with Published Content (42196 posts)

- Unassigned

Culture & Language

American Indians Art Awards Bestiary of Insults Books Conspiracy Theories Culture Ethics Film Food Futurology Gender Issues Humor Intellectuals Jews Language Literature Media Coverage Movies Music Newspapers Numismatics Philosophy Plagiarism Prisons Racial Issues Sports Tattoos Western Civilization World Communications


Capitalism Economics International Finance World Bank World Economy


Education Hoover Institution Journal Publications Libraries Universities World Bibliography Series


Biographies Conspiracies Crime Decline of West German Holocaust Historical Figures History Holocausts Individuals Japanese Holocaust Leaders Learning Biographies Learning History Russian Holocaust Turkish Holocaust


Afghanistan Africa Albania Algeria Argentina Asia Australia Austria Bangladesh Belgium Belize Bolivia Brazil Canada Central America Chechnya Chile China Colombia Costa Rica Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark East Europe East Timor Ecuador Egypt El Salvador England Estonia Ethiopia Europe European Union Finland France French Guiana Germany Greece Guatemala Haiti Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran (Persia) Iraq Ireland Israel/Palestine Italy Japan Jordan Kenya Korea Kosovo Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Latin America Liberia Libya Mali Mexico Middle East Mongolia Morocco Namibia Nations Compared Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria North America Norway Pacific Islands Pakistan Palestine Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Polombia Portugal Romania Saudi Arabia Scandinavia Scotland Serbia Singapore Slovakia South Africa South America Southeast Asia Spain Sudan Sweden Switzerland Syria Thailand The Pacific Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan UK (United Kingdom) Ukraine USA (America) USSR/Russia Uzbekistan Venezuela Vietnam West Europe Yemen Yugoslavia Zaire


Balkanization Communism Constitutions Democracy Dictators Diplomacy Floism Global Issues Hegemony Homeland Security Human Rights Immigration International Events Law Nationalism NATO Organizations Peace Politics Terrorism United Nations US Elections 2008 US Elections 2012 US Elections 2016 Violence War War Crimes Within the US


Christianity Hinduism Islam Judaism Liberation Theology Religion

Science & Technology

Alcohol Anthropology Automotives Biological Weapons Design and Architecture Drugs Energy Environment Internet Landmines Mathematics Medicine Natural Disasters Psychology Recycling Research Science and Humanities Sexuality Space Technology World Wide Web (Internet)


Geography Maps Tourism Transportation


1-TRIBUTES TO PROFESSOR HILTON 2001 Conference on Globalizations Academic WAR Forums Ask WAIS Experts Benefactors Chairman General News Member Information Member Nomination PAIS Research News Ronald Hilton Quotes Seasonal Messages Tributes to Prof. Hilton Varia Various Topics WAIS WAIS 2006 Conference WAIS Board Members WAIS History WAIS Interviews WAIS NEWS waisworld.org launch WAR Forums on Media & Research Who's Who