Siemens Track Record

Why is the German Siemens company running full-page color ads in local newspapers? Siemens is also bringing a free interactive exhibit to MOSI along with a Tampa Bay Buccaneers player meet-and-greet.

The reason of course is to curry favor with Florida decision-makers about which manufacturer will help build the Tampa to Orlando “fast-rail” project.

Contemporary scholars are continuing to learn about the extent to which Siemens, and every major German business in the Thirties and Forties, was implicated in the brutality of Nazi economic policies, most egregiously through the abuse of forced and slave laborers. Siemens ran factories at Ravensbrück and in the Auschwitz sub-camp of Bobrek, among others, and the company supplied electrical parts to other concentration and death camps.

In the camp factories, abysmal living and working conditions were ubiquitous: malnutrition and death were not uncommon. Recent scholarship has established how, despite German industry’s repeated denials, these camp factories were created, run, and supplied by the SS in conjunction with company officials — sometimes high-level employees.

Still living, might be Florida residents and taxpayers who survived or lost family members to forced slave labor at Siemens during World War II. Admittedly, Siemens claimed that “the Nazis made us do it” and Siemens has paid millions of dollars in claims to former slave workers, but is this the best company to build America’s and Florida’s first high-speed rail?

If we continue to buy from foreign companies and ship our good paying jobs overseas, what does that leave our American workers?
Low wages, unemployment and poverty may be all we gain.

Look around and Wake Up America!

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

Siemens will ask you to forget about what happened 50 years ago.
But what about now?

Up until just recently Siemens has been selling to holocaust-denying Iran, despite a United Nations ban on such trade; then only after they got caught and world opinion came down on them.


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