“ThyssenKrupp’s decision to locate their North American headquarters in Chicago is a testament to the world-class business environment the city offers,” Emanuel said. “By combining transportation, infrastructure, and the best workforce in the world, Chicago is a destination for the greatest companies around the globe, and ThyssenKrupp is a perfect example of this.” -- City of Chicago press releaseYes, a perfect example.
Ward Room blogger Edward McClelland points out the company's abominable history. The company that armed the German war machine in World Wars I and II (not to mention the Austro-Prussian and the Franco-Prussian wars) is coming to Chicago.
The Krupps were the main suppliers of Adolf Hitler’s rearmament project in the 1930s. After the war, the company’s president, Alfried Krupp, was sentenced during the Nuremburg trials to 12 years in prison for using slave laborers in particular for building a factory near Auschwitz and leasing Jewish prisoners at four Deutsche marks a day.Ok, you night say. That was then. This is now. We sure could use those 100 jobs. After all, Krupp got out of the armaments business and later renounced nazism. Right?
Not so fast. Headline story in today's Sun-Times shows what Rahm should have known before he made the deal.
ThyssenKrupp — the German conglomerate that has agreed to make Chicago its North American regional headquarters — created a racially hostile work environment at a Chicago office that included frequent use of the n-word and a black face routine at a company meeting, the Illinois Department of Human Rights has ruled.