7 Brands With Nazi Ties That We All Use

Published October 6, 2017
Updated February 6, 2019

Nazi Collaborators: Bayer

Zyklon B Bayer

United States Holocaust Memorial MuseumZyklon B, developed by IG Farben.

Bayer, the company most known for their popular product Aspirin, has its own horrifying history with Nazi Germany.

Bayer was created as an independent company, but by the 1930s were a part of the company IG Farben, a conglomerate formed by a number of major chemical companies in Germany. And as a German chemical corporation in the Nazi regime, IG Farben committed a long list of atrocities.

When Germany invaded Czechoslovakia, IG Farben worked closely with the Nazi government and military to capture chemical factories in the nation so they could be used by the corporation.

IG Farben was also the company that developed the Zyklon B gas that was used in Nazi death camps to kill Jews and other “undesirables.”

Furthermore, IG Farben relied on concentration camp slave labor throughout World War II and the Holocaust. They built a factory next door to the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp and would use the prisoners at the camp for slave work.

IG Farben employees frequently told their slave laborers that, “If you don’t work faster, you’ll be gassed.

At the end of the war, IG Farben was dissolved, and the directors of the company were put on trial for war crimes.

Although 13 of the 24 company directors arraigned were convicted of war crimes, all of these Nazi collaborators received early release, and most of them were reinstated as directors of the new corporations created out of the dissolution of IG Farben.

Fritz ter Meer, who directed operations at the IG Farben plant at Auschwitz, became the president of Bayer after the war.

Bayer did eventually apologize for their role in the Holocaust — in 1995.


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Gabe Paoletti
Gabe Paoletti is a New York City-based writer and a former Editorial Intern at All That's Interesting. He holds a Bachelor's in English from Fordham University.
John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.