Did Henry Ford finance Hitler and the Nazi Party?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Ford sympathized with Hitler and the Nazi Party. However, there is no proof of financial support. Several reports contradict one another.
In March of 1923, a reporter from The Chicago Tribune interviewed Hitler himself concerning the matter. Hitler denied any financial support on the part of Ford, stating simply, 'It is not true that Mr. Ford is backing the fascist movement in Germany financially.'
However; an article appearing at the same time in The New York Times reported that a certain Herr Auer; Vice President of the Bavarian Diet, had talked to President Ebert about the spreading accusations of Ford's support for the Nazis. Herr Auer was convinced that Henry Ford's financial as well as moral backing had been given to Bavarian revolution-makers because, according to the article, 'part of the program of Herr Hitler; leader of the monarchists, is the extermination of the Jews in Germany.' 'The Bavarian Diet,' stated Herr Auer; 'has long had information that the Hitler movement was partly financed by an American anti-Semitic chief, who is Henry Ford. Mr. Ford's interest in the Bavarian anti-Jewish movement began a year ago when one of Mr. Ford's agents seeking to sell Ford tractors came in contact with Dietrich Eichart, the notorious Pan-German. Shortly after Herr Eichart asked Mr. Ford's agent for financial aid, the agent returned to America and immediately Mr. Ford's money began coming to Munich. Herr Hitler openly boasts of Mr. Ford's support and praises Mr. Ford not as a great individualist but as a great anti-Semite.'
One of Hitler's principal lieutenants, Christian Weber, denied any financial support, declaring that, 'The party has not yet received a single penny from Ford...'
This did not mean that the idea never entered Hitler's mind. In a 1937 memoir entitled, I Knew Hitler, a former associate of Hitler's named Kurt Ludecke claimed that he had been sent to America in 1924 to raise money for the Nazi party. While in New York, Ludecke met up with Siegfried and Winifred Wagner; son and daughter-in-law of the famous anti-Semitic composer Richard Wagner. The couple was in America to gain new support for Wagner's symphonies after they had been condemned during the anti-German war years. Ludecke and the Wagners traveled to Detroit together to meet with Ford and gain financial assistance for the Nazis, whom, it turned out, Winifred enthusiastically supported. Ludecke was able to obtain a private meeting with Ford through Liebold. As he relayed the struggle of the Nazi party, Ford paid close attention, occasionally interjecting, 'I know.... Yes, the Jews, these cunning Jews....' However; according to Ludecke, his final response was less than enthusiastic. 'If I had been trying to sell Mr. Ford a wooden nutmeg,' Ludecke wrote, 'he couldn't have shown less interest in the proposition.... Ford was deeply interested in what I had to tell, but he was not at all interested in what I had to ask.... He became immediately very wary when I pressed towards my goal with frank requests for money. The more I mentioned the word, the more Henry Ford cooled down from idealist to businessman....' Ludecke later received a telegram from Cameron with Ford's final decision: 'The proposal will probably not be entertained.' Ludecke dutifully reported back to Germany and an irritated and nervous Hitler to inform him of the mission's failure.
A different account of the Detroit venture, however; was revealed in an interview with an elderly Winifred Wagner in the 1970's. According to Frau Wagner; she had met with a very enthusiastic Ford a few days before his meeting with Ludecke. 'The philosophies of Ford and Hitler were very similar;' she recalled. 'Ford was very well informed about everything going on in Germany.... He knew all about the National Socialist movement.... Ford told me that he helped to finance Hitler with money from the sales of automobiles and trucks that he had sent to Germany.' Frau Wagner claimed that, when she informed Ford that Hitler was still in need of money, he made a remark about being willing to support a man like Hitler who was working to free Germany from the Jews.
Upton Sinclair accused Ford of using Prince Louis Ferdinand, a grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II, as an agent to transfer funds to Germany. Ferdinand was employed by Ford for two and a half years during the 1920's. Through him, three hundred thousand dollars had supposedly been forwarded to the Nazi treasury. Sinclair; however; offered no sources or evidence for these claims. In 1933, a Congressional Committee investigated allegations that Ford had financed the Nazi Party, but was unable to prove anything conclusively.
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- CRFILv 61 decade ago
Yes, Henry and many other US Tycoons financed Hitler`s Party from the very beginning.It was a time of crisis as this one going on and US Bourgeoisie was very afraid from Working Class.That`s why they were also furiously anti-Semitic.Henry Ford was decorated by the thank full Nazi Ambassadors.The reason for their antisemitism is explained by the great number of Marxist activists of Jewish origin.USA refused to receive a massive Jewish immigration during WWll.
Colonel Charles Lindbergh and the best US Poet Ezra Pound were also Nazis , Ezra Pound worked at an Italian Fascist Broadcasting Radio up to the end of WWll .Source(s): Photo of Henry Ford while he was being decorated by his strong support for Adolph Hitler during his days of imprisonment in Germany after the failed coup. http://www.thememoryhole.org/fordnazi.htm
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- JaniceLv 44 years ago
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By 1919 Krupp was already giving financial aid to one of the reactionary political groups which sowed the seed of the Nazi ideology. Hugo Stinnes was an early contributor to the Nazi Party (National Socialistische Deutsche Arbeiter Partei). By 1924 other prominent industrialists and financiers, among them Fritz Thyssen, Albert Voegler, Adolph [sic] Kirdorf, and Kurt von Schroder, were secretly giving substantial sums to the Nazis. In 1931 members of the coalowners' association which Kirdorf headed pledged themselves to pay 50 pfennigs for each ton of' coal sold, the money to go to the organization which Hitler was building.3 Hitler's 1924 Munich trial yielded evidence that the Nazi Party received $20,000 from Nuremburg industrialists. The most interesting name from this period is that of Emil Kirdorf, who had earlier acted as conduit for financing German involvement in the Bolshevik Revolution. The reason they supported the Nazis is the same reason they supported a number of reactionary groups at that time. The groups tended to be Nationalist and anti-Communist.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I believe the Henry Ford published some portions of a propaganda piece called “The Jewish Peril. Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” in 1920. Many scholars suggest that Ford and Hitler admired each other’s achievements. Other than that, I don’t believe that he provided any major financial assistance to the Nazis.
- MarkLv 51 decade ago
its is rumored/reported (and it is probaly true) that henry ford sent money to the Nazi party, on several occasions, prior to the outbreak of WWII, for which he recieved a medal in 1938. Ford was a staunch and well known anti-semite, as were many respected americans and europeans.
- 4 years ago
it was poverty and unempoyement