Re: _IBM and the Holocaust_

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Tue Feb 20 2001 - 17:04:20 MST wrote:

> 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.

The German government owned that hardware long before Kristallnacht, and some
of it prior to the Nazi's taking power.

> 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.

*German* former-IBM technicians. Do you honestly think IBM would ship someone
in that day and age by steamship across the Atlantic to service German
customers, especially in the face of submarine warfare?

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