Although the article seems to be of tabloid quality, the question is are the Nazi billionaires real?De Jong reports that 25 years after the end of World War II, the wealthiest businessmen in West Germany were Friedrich Flick, August von Finck, Herbert Quandt and Rudolf-August Oetker – four figures whose family fortunes we literally follow throughout the book. As de Jong sums up, “All four were former members of the Nazi Party; one of them had been a voluntary Waffen-SS officer; they had all become billionaires.” Anyone who thinks crime doesn’t pay has either never seen a Scorsese movie, followed the career of Donald Trump or read this book.
Did they get-rich-quick in Nazi Germany or did the post-war recovery, hard work, and sacrifice of the German people make Germany and the businessmen wealthy?
After all, the post-war hyperinflation and the currency reform of June 1948 wiped out, at least 95 percent of the value of large assets. Large amounts were exchanged for 10 ℛℳ to 65pf.
Not to mention that most German factories were destroyed if not burned to the ground (and required billions to rebuild), or at best were confiscated as reparations.
I suppose no wealth amassed in Nazi Germany could have survived that.