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STRIPS THE VENEER. Black's contribution is that he located new documents, collected the material, exposed in detail the role of technology in the dehumanization and destruction of the Jews, revealed how an iconic corporation was enriched in the process ... The book is the first to give the general public a detailed account of how an American corporation profited from intimate ties with the Nazis. It strips the veneer from the cherished myth of the purity and patriotism of American business.
DISGUSTING. If you think you’ve read enough Holocaust-related literature, and if you think there isn’t anything left that can upset you, buy IBM and the Holocaust by Edwin Black. It is at many levels terrible, filthy, and disgusting ... but it is an essential story of an American business operating in the cesspool that was Europe in the first half of the 20th Century before, during and after World War II. There is an enormous amount of information in IBM and the Holocaust and so many long descriptions of how holes were punched, numbers assigned and data processed ... IBM and the Holocaust is a very, very, big story – but its impact hits hardest in very, very small spaces; like two inches on a person’s forearm ... IBM and the Holocaust is meticulously sourced.
UNDENIABLE. With Black's documentation, it appears to be an undeniable fact that IBM, after the outbreak of hostilities, knew where each of its machines were operating in Germany and the conquered countries, and what kind of revenues it could expect from each machine. War was just another financial opportunity for Watson and IBM.