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6. I support IBM's decision, but recognize their ugly past.
Thu Nov 16, 2023, 08:17 PM
Nov 2023

IBM, under Thomas Watson helped the nazis exterminate Jews in WWII.

DISCLAIMER: This is historical, in order to show that technology can be used for good or evil. IT'S A CHOICE. Many people choose poorly.

In this week's decision, IBM CHOSE WISELY. And I urge all companies to avoid the hate-filled cesspool that is X/Twitter.

This card-sorting machine is in the Holocaust Museum.


It’s a disgrace to history to ignore the power that technology has in facilitating acts of evil — and IBM’s work with the Nazis serves as a prime example of that facilitation.

Beyond questions of morality, the Holocaust presented a number of logistical hurdles to the Nazis, and IBM offered them a perfectly legal solution. Indeed, during the mid-20th century, the software company’s punched-card technology helped the Nazis carry out the genocide of millions.

‘IBM and the Holocaust’: Twenty Years of Corporate Denial

Twenty years ago, IBM and the Holocaust exposed with crystal clarity—backed up with a literal tower of physical documentation—that IBM knowingly organized all six phases of the Holocaust: identification, exclusion, confiscation, ghettoization, deportation, and even extermination, all under the micromanagement of its celebrated CEO, Thomas J. Watson, Sr., operating from his New York office on Madison Avenue, and later through European subsidiaries.

Custom IBM programs controlled the census and registration processes, organized the pauperization, and ensured that the trains ran on time. There was an IBM customer site—the Hollerith Abteilung—in almost every concentration camp—some with tabulating machines and some with card organizers. IBM even engineered Germany’s odious extermination-by-labor campaign, where skills were matched to slave labor needs, and Jews were called up to be worked to death. IBM’s code for a Jewish inmate was “6” and its code for gas chamber was “8.” The evidence indelibly proves that IBM was an indispensable and pivotal partner in the greatest crime in history: The Holocaust. But to IBM, it was just another business project

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Well, let's see if anyone else has the guts to pull ads. grumpyduck Nov 2023 #1
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Tim was busy moniss Nov 2023 #12
Tim 🍎 Apple. rubbersole Nov 2023 #15
🤣 ShazzieB Nov 2023 #16
Apple didnt build the human trafficking calculators that made the holocaust possible. Volaris Nov 2023 #18
I think hundreds of companies already have. CaptainTruth Nov 2023 #13
Makes me proud of the company where I worked for 34 years. MLAA Nov 2023 #2
Well, after they set up the Nazi system to register all the Jews for murder... hedda_foil Nov 2023 #3
OMG. This I did not know. I've just been reading about it since reading your post. MLAA Nov 2023 #5
I support IBM's decision, but recognize their ugly past. usonian Nov 2023 #6
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So is Stalinist Russia/USSR. But still evil. erronis Nov 2023 #20
Beat me to it. Sailingdiver Nov 2023 #9
Way back in the day moniss Nov 2023 #19
Hate to be argumentative, but couldn't the same be said about the printing press erronis Nov 2023 #22
Again, why are my tax dollars supporting his NASA and TESLA programs which are under contract..... turbinetree Nov 2023 #8
Space-X is having worker safety issues because they're cutting corners..... groundloop Nov 2023 #10
Sorry to hear any of these companies are still advertising on X, what the hell did they Bev54 Nov 2023 #11
IBM wants to separate itself from its Nazi business past. keithbvadu2 Nov 2023 #14
How far is a reasonable distance BaronChocula Nov 2023 #17
Thank you for moniss Nov 2023 #21
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