• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

IBm and the third Reich

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

IBM and the Third Reich Many people believe that the information age was born Silicone valley, but this is a false statement. The information age was born in Nazi Germany in 1933 by the American company IBM. IBM and the Third Reich had been business partners from 1933 till the end of the war. It was IBM job to supply the Nazis with census machines and punch card technology, which was used to organize and process information in a quick and efficient manner. These machines and technology were mainly used in Hitler's concentration camps for quick way to classify prisoners and identify the average amount of work one could get out of a prisoner before they were executed. ...read more.

Middle

Tomas Watson dismissed these stories saying that it was just politics. These census machines that IBM sold to the Germans also had to be serviced regularly, which means IBM officials would have to travel to the concentration camps in order to service the machines. This in turn means that IBM had to have known what was going on if they had been to these camps. Also everything about these machines where custom made, so IBM had to know what was happening because they were making the punch cards for the Nazis and needed to know what sort of information to put on it. In October of 1941 right before it became illegal to trade and do business with Germany, Thomas Watson issued sent a message to all of IBM European subsidiaries saying not to tell him what they are doing and to not ask any questions. ...read more.

Conclusion

In the end it is interesting to think about how many lives could have been saved if IBM did not provide the Nazis with a quick and efficient way of processing their information. If IBM stayed out of the picture and decided to value morality over the great dollar the Nazis would not be able to process the information as fast as they were with the IBM machines and possible slow down the extermination process. IBM is a good example on how essential ethics are in the business world and what can happen if ethics are ignored. Sources IBM and the Holocaust, by Edwin Black: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lpe2wDTfT9s Probing IBM Nazi Connections, Paul Festa: http://www.news.com/2009-1082-269157.html How IBM helped automate the Nazi death machine in Poland, by Edwin Black: http://emperors-clothes.com/analysis/ibm.htm IBM implicated in Nazi extermination of Jews, by Thomas Greene: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/02/11/ibm_implicated_in_nazi_extermination/ ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Business, Companies and Organisation, Activity section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Business, Companies and Organisation, Activity essays

  1. Business Studies

    highest standards of consumer satisfaction Relationship marketing > Many companies have recognised that clients represent more than a point of sale > Relationship marketing - is the process of building and maintaining long term relationships with customers. It involves creating a high level of satisfaction, value and service, thus ensuring

  2. English for business

    salaries of the bank and give a sufficient surplus to pay shareholders a dividend and retain funds in reserves accounts for the expansion of the bank. Before any loan is granted, the following questions must be answered by the customer: - how much is required?

  1. Functional Areas Report

    possible, it would be impossible to find a solution to suit everyone so the employer would have to make a difficult decision. Good relations between employers and employees are only possible if both feel that they can discuss major problems and anticipated changes, if there can be discussion and consultation

  2. Business Report

    Therefore Donald would be better off setting up a shop, which has a large population. * Population Wealth If people were wealthy, Donald would receive more customers spending more money on his products. Crawley is a wealthy location because it has a high employment rate.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work