Many people became rich or richer off the detestable actions of the Third Reich during WWII through the use of Jewish slave labor, seizing Jewish businesses, and equipping the German military. Some of these families are still prominent today, such as the Quandts, who owned BMW. None have acknowledged the dark histories behind their fortunes. In his new book, Nazi Billionaires, David de Jong unearths the history of these well-known companies. De Jong will be joined for a conversation about his book and the questions it raises with Gregory Zuckerman, Special Writer at the Wall Street Journal.
David de Jong is a journalist and author. He previously was a reporter at Bloomberg News. His work has also appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, the Wall Street Journal, and the Dutch Financial Daily. A native of the Netherlands, he currently lives in Tel Aviv. Nazi Billionaires is David’s first book.
Gregory Zuckerman is a Special Writer at the Wall Street Journal, where he has written for twenty years. He is the author of several books including The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History; The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched the Quant Revolution; and, most recently, A Shot to Save the World: The Inside Story of the Life-or-Death Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine.