I myself am Jewish, I drive a BMW, I know personally many Jews who drive German made cars. I was just curious if anyone knew the history of Mercedes Benz as to whether or not they had a part of the Nazi Germany party?
For example, I know VW is spoken/written about quite a bit in articles and books I've read that spoke about how Hitler used many different VW cars for his army and such.
It is also well photographed and fairly well known that Hitler himself was driven in a Mercedes Benz.
I am doing a paper on it for school about Nazi Germany and the German automobile, and just curious if anyone knew of any interesting articles, books, or had any thoughts on the matter.
Thanks for your time and help, feel free to post here, or you can PM me too.
I am from India and I am proud of the fact that India is the only country where Jews were NOT persecuted. Jews thrived and prospered, they were free to practise their faith and follow their customs, most of them were wealthy businessmen.
MB like any industrial giant had to follow the diktats of the ruling party under threat of nationalisation. The principle aim of any business organisation is profit, and army contracts were big money, further they could never go against the Nazis. MB, a prestigious maker of fine automobiles manufactured limos for the ruling elite, they also made staff cars, trucks, engines for aircraft.
Even Opel a subsidiary of GM in Germany even before the start of WW2, supplied Opel Kaddets to the Wehrmacht
Maybach made engines for Panzar tanks. BMW, Zundapp and DKW motorcycles were extensively used by DRs (dispatch riders), forward and reconnaissannce (spelling ?) units of the armoured corps (BMW and Zundapp side car outfits were usually fitted with machine guns). BMW made some of the earliest jet engines for the Luftwaffe.
From beautiful and exotic India.