German billionaire family to donate €10m after Nazi past revealed

German billionaire family to donate €10m after Nazi past revealed

German billionaire family to donate €10m after Nazi past revealed

Bagels profited from the horrors of the Nazi regime, according to a report in a German newspaper.

The Reimann family owns major interests in brands including Krispy Kreme donuts, the Pret a Manger sandwich chain and Clearasil skincare products, and is estimated to be worth as much as €33 billion (£28 billion).

The tabloid Bild, one of Germany's most popular papers, reported that Albert Reimann Sr. and Albert Reimann Jr., whose family backs JAB Holdings, had significant links to the Third Reich.

Peter Harf, a spokesperson for the family as well as one of the managing partners of the company, said that the news in the report was true, and that the family had been examining its history even before the report came to light. "They belonged in jail". Albert Reinmann Sr. and his son were avowed backers of Adolph Hitler, and Reimann Sr. helped finance the paramilitary SS force as early as 1933, the report said. It has commissioned a historian to write a report on the family's ties to the Nazis, Harf said.

This comes after the Reimanns chose to hire historians from the University of Munich in 2014 to study the issue after they found family documents dating back to the times of Nazi rule.

"It is about an overall story also in the industry context, but in which the subject of forced labor plays a central role", Erker said.


In addition to Russian and other Eastern European civilians, the company used French prisoners of war - about whom Reimann Jr. complained in a letter to the Ludwigshafen mayor in 1940 that they weren't working hard enough.

After an investigation, the younger members of the family discovered the news.

"We were all ashamed and turned as white as the wall", he said. "These crimes are disgusting".

In 2000, the German government approved a 10 billion mark (about 5.1 billion euro) fund to provide compensation, with half the money coming from companies like Bayer, Siemens, Deutsche Bank, Daimler-Benz, Volkswagen, and AEG.

According to the AFP, the company employed as many as 175 forced laborers, and produced items for the Nazi military and weapons industry.

"The whole truth must be put on the table", Harf insisted.

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