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IBM and Ford in Hitler's service

This article was translated by Google and R.E.

Have you visited the Center for Studies of Holocaust and philosophical minorities in Oslo, you have probably noticed the installation at the entrance – it lights up at night. This is a monumental piece of art with a story about some of the most grotesque from World War II:

A hole card, or hollerith card or IBM card, as it was commonly called before, is an early advanced digital instrument. It's the German artist Arnold Dreyblatt, even Jew, who made this 9 × 3 meter installation. Dreyblatt grasps the innocent nature of the information card that can be used in anti-human ways in our modern society, ways we do not always know the scope of.

Nnocent questions, by Arnold Dreyblatt. Photo: Jiri Havran

But the installation has a further, sinister message: Throughout the war, the Nazi regime leased 1200 Hollerith machines from IBM / Hollerith Group. With one hole card for the individual prisoner in the concentration camps, Hitler could follow each of them, from the railway track to the gas chamber.

IBM consultants regularly crossed the border into Germany to update. . .

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John Y. Jones
Cand. Philol, freelance journalist affiliated with MODERN TIMES

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