18th June, 2020 On Sunday 7th June 2020, protesters in Bristol brought down one of the city’s most prominent figures, Edward Colston, in a rousing iconoclasmic act that saw him toppled all the way down to the murky depths of the River Avon. Home Secretary Priti Patel has described Colston’s forcible deposition by the peopleContinue reading “When Colston Came Crumbling Down”
The #BlackLivesMatter movement has brought a new backlash against figures associated with the slave trade. The toppling of Edward Colston’s statue by protesters in the city of Bristol, has incited debate about other historical figures with monuments across the world, including founder of the scout movement Baden-Powell who was, amongst other things, a prominent Nazi sympathiser. However, should we be more concerned about the huge multinational corporations whose forerunners actively profited from the Holocaust and whose names still dominate their industries? I think the answer is yes. Here are nine major corporations, all still in existence in various forms, who profited from the Nazis.