BMW Regrets Using Nazi Slave Labor During WWII

The crimes committed during World War II remain in the memories not only of its victims, but those who cooperated with the Nazi regime, like Germany’s industrial complex.

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG was founded in Munich on March 16, 1916, during the First World War and it is celebrating its 100th anniversary, yet it has not shied away from talking about the darkest hour in its history.

The Bavarian automaker expressed its “profound regret for the enormous suffering” caused during World War II, when it used Nazi slave labor in its factories.

BMW’s owner at the time, Gunther Quandt, along with his son, Herbert, manipulated political pathways in the Nazi party and were friendly to Adolf Hitler, taking advantage of the Holocaust and businesses seized from Jews to manufacture weapons, artillery, ammunition and U-boat batteries. The company is responsible for retaining some 50,000 forced laborers and concentration camp prisoners.

Under the National Socialist regime of the 1930s and 40s, BMW AG operated exclusively as a supplier to the German arms industry“, wrote BMW, which reminded everyone that it became “the first industrial corporation to initiate a public debate about his chapter of its history with the publication of a book entitled ‘BMW – Eine Deutsche Geschichte (BMW – A German History)’.

Since the 1990s, the BMW Group has been actively engaging in efforts to promote openness, respect and understanding between cultures“, the firm explained.

Via NYPost and DailyMail


  • Six_Tymes

    enormous suffering. an under statement really.

    • Felix Le Forestier

      Are you american ?

  • Matt T

    Has BMW made retribution to the families of these slave laborers? I’m curious how “sorry” the company is. Put its money where its mouth is.

    • eenymac

      Have the American bankers and Industrialist families who financed the rise of the Nazi party made any restitution payments? Have the people in allied countries whose families lost everything been compensated? I am traumatized by endless war films, can I claim too?

      When does the madness end? Probably when the lawyers have milked cash cows for everything they can get and thousands are laid off as a result to pay for it all. It was 70 freakin’ years ago for crying out loud and people today had nothing to do with any of it. Time to leave it to the pages of history and move on I think!

      • Enter Ranting

        You’re traumatized by endless war films? Really? Do you consider Star Wars a war film?

        • eenymac

          It was meant as sarcasm, pointing out the ridiculousness of it all. Where does it all end?

          • Enter Ranting

            We’re talking about the Holocaust. It will probably never end.

  • TheHake

    Are the Americans and British sorry for blanket bombing German citizens in WWII?

    • Enter Ranting

      Would we have carpet bombed your cities if you hadn’t been hell bent on executing millions of innocent people? You think the U.S. wanted to get involved in WWII?

      • europeon

        Silly me. I keep forgetting that America’s wars are synonymous with killing innocent civilians and creating waves of refugees, like they’ve been doing ever since.

        But hey, all is forgotten, you’ve been dragged in all the wars since WWII without your will.

        • Enter Ranting

          You misspelled “European.” Or is it some clever play on words that only “Eruopeon” history experts get?

  • Mind Synthetic

    they also made ovens. used the same slave labor they were going to dispose of once the usefulness was fulfilled. truly atrocious, thus i could never bring myself to own a German vehicle.

    • KHM5

      Huh? BMW Made ovens?

      • Mind Synthetic

        Not the convectional type and on a larger scale. Unfortunately yes they did.

  • benT

    this photo
    Is that Volvo truck (diagonal bar on radiator grill) ?

  • Tumbi Mtika