The new book, Nazi Billionaires: The Dark History Of Germany’s Wealthiest Dynasties, is making the rounds of the media.
There’s nothing terribly new here. The defeat of Nazi Germany left most of the corporatist hierarchy intact. The big German companies that had supported and collaborated with the Nazis and even used slave labor rebounded and became global brands. The focus of Nazi Billionaires here is on car companies like Porche and BMW. Volkswagen, which before it became a hippiemobile, was Hitler’s personal triumph. There is, conveniently, no mention of publishing.
Especially when it comes to the Woke Nazis of Bertelsmann.
Bertelsmann, the German mega-publisher, whose owner had donated to the SS, which, employed Jewish slave labor, and long before Kendi, was infamous for racist tracts such as The Christmas Book of the Hitler Youth, is heavily invested in pushing racism on Americans.
Bertelsmann, like a number of European mega-publishers, has gobbled up American publishers and uses them to push the worst kinds of racist hatred.
Penguin Random House has aggressively marketed Ibram X. Kendi’s brand of hate to adults and even to children with the widely mocked Antiracist Baby, a board book for babies, and Goodnight Racism, which does for Goodnight Moon what Farrakhan did for bow ties.
Robin DiAngelo’s racist White Fragility is being distributed by Penguin Random House which promotes it for grades 6 to 12. Her latest, Nice White People, is designated for grades 9 to 12.
Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me is promoted for grades 9 to 12. There’s also the latest Coates book being adapted for young adults, The Beautiful Struggle (likely to be translated as Der Schone Kampf in German if Bertelsmann ever gets around to it.)
After all, Bertelsmann had only agreed to stop selling Mein Kampf in 1999.
So why not discuss Bertelsmann?
It’s obvious why a writer wouldn’t want to touch a company that virtually dominates American publishing. It’s foolhardy for me to do it. It would certainly be risky for anyone looking to put out books by mainstream publishing companies.
But Bertelsmann’s wokeness also insulates it from its past crimes. By embracing politically correct racism, it gets a pass on its politically incorrect racism.