BMW: The Dark Story of a German Dynasty

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41st video of the Behind the Business Series.

BMW is one of the most famous German automobile companies, but the owners of BMW have a particularly interesting and dark history. Today, BMW is owned by the heirs of war profiteers who collaborated with the Nazi regime. In fact, the richest family in Germany today owes their wealth to the crimes committed during WW2 by their forebears.

The Quandt family made their wealth during the two world wars, first by making uniforms for the German Empire and then by building factories next to concentration camps. After the war they managed to keep their wealth and used it to buy up struggling businesses. BMW is one such company, which they did indeed save, but nevertheless with blood money.

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