Iranian government own 4,5 per cent of ThyssenKrupp. The engineering conglomerate conducted roughly 200 million Euro in trade with Iran last year.
Activists from political organization Stop the Bomb distributed fliers to the 3,500 stockholders of the German engineering and steel giant ThyssenKrupp here in this industrial city on Thursday
The Activists charging that 4.5 percent of the company’s stocks are in the hands of the Iranian government. Alexander Wilke, a spokesman for ThyssenKrupp, told The Jerusalem Post that the engineering conglomerate conducted roughly 200 million Euro in trade last year with Iran.
The European Parliament is currently debating a Dutch proposal to place the Revolutionary Guards on the European Union terror list. The Dutch Parliament justified its resolution by citing the Revolutionary Guard’s role in violently repressing the Iranian population and financing radical Islamic terror organizations, such as Hamas and Hizbullah.
ThyssenKrupp used slave laborers during World War II to advance the Nazis’ war campaign. The firm’s president during the Nazi period, Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, was convicted of war crimes at the Nuremberg Trials.
Sebastian Mohr, a Stop the Bomb activist who helped coordinate the protest, told the Post that this is “business as usual… A firm that used over 10,000 slave laborers during World War II… and despite the threats to annihilate Israel and the permanent denial of the Shoah on the part of Iranianregime, ThyssenKrupp has maintained a close economic relationship with the Iranian regime for decades.”
Ekkehard D.Schulz, CEO of ThyssenKrupp, said regarding the “support of a anti-Semitic and terror regime in Iran, it is not ThyssenKrupp’s responsibility to issue a statement. That is a function of the federal government.”
The protest in front of the RuhrCongress center at the annual stockholder meeting took place in the wake of a joint Monday appearance of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, where both government heads urged tougher sanctions on Iran.
German corporations such as ThyssenKrupp have ignored Merkel’s pleas to walk away from Iran business as part of her administration’s non-binding “discouragement strategy.”
While ThyssenKrupp has declined to disclose the specific nature and scope of its business deals with Teheran, Michael Spaney, a Stop the Bomb spokesman and critical company shareholder, asked at the annual stockholder meeting if ThyssenKrupp “is certain that its projects are not tied to the Revolutionary Guards.” According to economic experts, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps are thought to control the overwhelming majority of Iran’s companies.
Ekkehard D.Schulz, CEO of ThyssenKrupp, replied that the company “is not aware of involvement with the Revolutionary Guards” but is “dealing with construction companies” in Iran
Source: Jerusalem Post
The double standards of World War II era is back.
Many European politicians believed Adolf Hitler, when He assured them that the huge increase in German energy production and the World greatest Industrial expansion was for peaceful purposes, and posed no threat to its neighbors.
The United Kingdom, France and the US took a pragmatic view even after May 1945.
Companies like Thyssen and Krupp, who had delivered Hitlers bombs that killed millions of people, would not be dissolved. That the company also has used both Jews and other prisoners of war as slave labor to boost the Nazi-regime, was ignored and overlooked.
The US wanted to invest in and use the steel major to rebuild an American controlled West-Germany and central Europe.
Money talked in 1945, and money keeps on talking in 2010. Love of money is and will forever be the root of all evil.
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