Re: _IBM and the Holocaust_

Date: Sun Feb 18 2001 - 15:03:06 MST

Harvey Newstrom wrote:

> Any technology can be used for good or evil. Hitler and the Nazis
> used early computer technology. That doesn't make IBM responsible
> for the Holocaust. The connections documented in this book seem to

It does make them partly responsible, since they were single source
of Hollerith hardware.

I don't understand the sentiment. Of course the technology is janusian,
but this doesn't absolve you from the responsibility. Quite the opposite.

> be in the 1930's. IBM denounced Hitler and cut off all support after
> Germany invaded Poland and started World War II.

Dunno, I heard about IBM technicians servicing the hardware in situ,
travelling to the concentration camps.

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