Third Reich to Fortune 500

Cracked features five Fortune 500 companies that profited greatly by their active collaboration with the Nazis, from IBM (punchcard tabulators to count the concentration camp dead) to Hugo Boss who designed the sleek all-black Nazi uniforms for the Schultzstaffel, better known as the SS. While today Boss uses black for slimming effects, in the SS uniforms it was used to command respect and fear in the populace.

Most of the uniforms were made in what can be considered the forerunner to the modern day sweatshop, at times by Prisoners of War. It’s impossible to underestimate the importance of those uniforms to the whole Nazi image. To this day, they are essentially synonymous with “evil.” The influence of the design has been widespread, especially in film where their influence has been noted in the outfits of the Imperial officers from Star Wars. [MORE]

 

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~ by eaesthete on 01/11/08.

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