Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The Schenker Crimes -- Schenker & Co.: Fencer, Plunderer, Accomplice in Murder


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The DB AG's globally operating logistics company Schenker, a Deutsche Bahn subsidiary, is the state-owned successor of a criminal organization. This has been confirmed by new documents accessed in German archives by the "Train of Commemoration" on tips by British historians. According to these documents, Schenker had organized for the "Reichsgruppe Industrie" (Nazi state-controlled industrial business association) [1] the transfer of loot to Germany, plundered Europe-wide from countries under Nazi Wehrmacht occupation. Particularly during the last years of the war (1943-45), Schenker was involved in wide-ranging plunder raids stretching from Athens in the south, through the Balkans, from Lisbon in the west, Oslo in the north and in the east from Warsaw to within the Soviet Union. The spoils flowed into the coffers of the German state, which then shared them with such companies as Mannesmann, Rheinmetall, Siemens or AEG. However, even seemingly harmless family enterprises were having Schenker & Co. - in cooperation with the Deutsche Reichsbahn (German railroad) - deliver deported laborers and spoils from Eastern Europe.

After unloading on the territory of the German Reich, on its return trips to the front, Schenker transported voluminous arsenals to militarily secure Germany's large-scale plunder economy in its "New Europe." As the documents show, Schenker's criminal gang-like business dealings included transports of valuables of the Prussian State Mint, which, on behalf of the Reichsbank, had remolded looted gold into bullions, providing them with a counterfeit minting date. The objective was to dissimulate the origin (including from anti-Semitic massacres), so that the expropriated precious metals or those that had been torn from corpses could - undetected - be capitalized on the international market.

Neither Schenker & Co.'s successor (Deutsche Bahn subsidiary DB Schenker) nor the former and current owner of Schenker (the German state) seems to show interest in a thorough investigation of Schenker's crimes. For understandable reasons. Berlin has never restituted the assets it had obtained through fencing, plunder and complicity in murder. Clarification becomes all the more pressing with the suspicion growing that DB Schenker and its parent company's global economic expansion are driving Berlin's "Weltpolitik" ("global policy"). That is nothing new. Already before World War II, Schenker was considered the economic vanguard of Germany's great power subversion; Schenker branch offices were considered a hub of spies. In London, Schenker's regional branch office was set afire; in Eastern Europe warnings of Berlin's gaining a European monopoly in the logistics branch were raised.  (more...)

The Schenker Crimes Part I    Part II

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