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Old 03-25-2019, 07:27 PM
 
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The family announced its planned charitable donation after Bild newspaper published a report showing how Albert Reimann Sr. and Albert Reimann Jr. used Russian civilians and French prisoners of war as forced laborers during World War II. The Reimann family, which has an estimated wealth of 33 billion euros, or $37 billion, did not dispute the findings of the newspaper’s report. “It is all correct,” spokesman Peter Harf, told the newspaper. “Reimann senior and Reimann junior were guilty … they belonged in jail.”

The family had already been looking into the issue before the newspaper’s report. Reimann senior, who died in 1954, and his son, who died in 1984, never talked about the company’s past and the family was apparently under the impression it already knew about its Nazi ties. But they started suspecting there may be more to the story and in 2014 commissioned a historian to examine the family history. The historian presented the conclusion a few weeks ago. “We were all ashamed and turned as white as the wall,” Harf, who is one of two managing partners of the JAB Holding Company, said. “There is nothing to gloss over. These crimes are disgusting.” The historian, Paul Erker of Munich University, is writing a book on his findings.
The world is a strange place. At least they are doing something. They could do more, but I guess 11M is nothing to sneeze at!

 
Old 03-25-2019, 08:58 PM
 
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Nice of them to donate, but, they had nothing to do with it.

But that is just me, not into the sins of the father thing.
 
Old 03-25-2019, 10:12 PM
 
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The world is a strange place. At least they are doing something. They could do more, but I guess 11M is nothing to sneeze at!
Why do you think they should do more? Those involved with the crimes are long dead. I would hate to found out some not too distant relatives did some horrifying stuff, but I wouldn't feel like I need to atone for their sins. It's great that they're donating this money, but I don't see it as something they have to do.
 
Old 03-25-2019, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Spurs country. "Go, Spurs, Go!"
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I'm curious to know just what it is that they "could do more" of, in your opinion.
 
Old 03-26-2019, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Nice of them to donate, but, they had nothing to do with it.

But that is just me, not into the sins of the father thing.
Yes but their business profited from slave labor. The ensuing profits were built on the backs of the wartime profits. That is my assumption, at any rate. It is right that they pay some sort of reparations.
 
Old 03-26-2019, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Krispy Kreme was started by locals in Winston Salem NC. Now that they grew and sold out to these people, the original owners must be stirring in their seats....of course they didn't know the history until now.
 
Old 03-26-2019, 09:53 AM
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The family commissioned the historical research to get to the bottom of its Nazi involvement, so apparently they wanted to get it in the open and atone for it.
 
Old 03-26-2019, 10:03 AM
 
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I'm not a fan of reparations. I am not responsible for what someone else did. My job is to do the best I can in my life time. If this family feels that they can do some good with their actions, then that's their choice. I'm not sure how they do it without it coming off as a publicity stunt.
 
Old 03-26-2019, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Brackenwood
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I'm not a fan of reparations. I am not responsible for what someone else did. My job is to do the best I can in my life time. If this family feels that they can do some good with their actions, then that's their choice. I'm not sure how they do it without it coming off as a publicity stunt.
They may not have done it themselves but they are the present beneficiaries of those acts. In this case there is a proximate link to their forbear's business practices that occurred within living memory and their present fortune.
 
Old 03-26-2019, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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They owed them nothing but still gave something so it's admirable. I don't see any way to spin it that they should've done more.
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