German billionaire family that owns Einstein Bros. Bagels admits Nazi past

Marco Green
March 26, 2019

One of Germany's wealthiest families, the Reimanns, with an estimated net worth of €33 billion and with shares in such companies such as Pret a Manger and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, will donate €10 million to charity after newly emerged evidence revealed that their ancestors backed Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime, Bild reported on Sunday. Albert Reinmann Sr. and his son were avowed backers of Adolph Hitler, and Reimann Sr. helped finance the paramilitary SS force as early as 1933, the report said.

Peter Harf, a spokesperson for the family as well as one of the managing partners of the company, said that the news in the report was true, and that the family had been examining its history even before the report came to light.

"Reimann Sr and Reimann Jr were guilty".

Harf told Bild that the company plans to give about $11 million to charity after learning of the family's history, the AFP reported.

The expert presented his preliminary findings to the Reimann children and grandchildren, as well as Hanf, several weeks ago, he said.

"We were all ashamed and turned as white as the wall", Harf said. "There is nothing to gloss over. These crimes are disgusting".

The Reimanns own a majority interest in companies like Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Clearasil, Calgon, Panera Bread, Keurig Green Mountain, and more, and operate under JAB Holding Company out of Berlin, Germany.

Many German companies have acknowledged using slave laborers during the Nazi era and have conducted their own independent investigations.

In 2000, the German government approved a 10 billion mark (about 5.1 billion euro) fund to provide compensation, with half the money coming from companies like Bayer, Siemens, Deutsche Bank, Daimler-Benz, Volkswagen, and AEG. Reimann Jr. died three decades later, in 1984.

"It is about an overall story also in the industry context, but in which the subject of forced labor plays a central role", Erker said.

According to the AFP, the company employed as many as 175 forced laborers, and produced items for the Nazi military and weapons industry.

Privately-held JAB Holdings, founded by the Reimann family in 1828, forced French prisoners of war and Russian civilians to work in its factories during World War II, according to the Bild tabloid.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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