a close up of a woman who is smiling at the camera: Verena Bahlsen is an heir to the Bahlsen biscuit empire


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Verena Bahlsen is an inheritor to the Bahlsen biscuit empire


The inheritor to the German firm behind Leibniz biscuits has been criticised after apparently downplaying the struggling of individuals pressured to work on the household enterprise beneath Nazi rule.

Verena Bahlsen instructed Bild newspaper that Bahlsen, which employed 200 pressured labourers throughout World Conflict Two, did “nothing mistaken”.

She added: “This was earlier than my time and we paid the pressured labourers precisely as a lot as German employees and we handled them nicely.”

Miss Bahlsen, 25, was sharply criticised by German politicians whereas some social media customers referred to as for a boycott of the corporate, which is behind among the nation’s best-known biscuit manufacturers.

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Bahlsen itself stated in an announcement that it was conscious of the “massive struggling and injustice skilled by pressured labourers” on the firm – who had been largely ladies, lots of them from Nazi-occupied Ukraine.

It stated it voluntarily paid round £650,000 in 2000-2001 to a fund set as much as compensate 20 million pressured labourers utilized by the Nazis.



WernerM. Bahlsen wearing a suit and tie: Werner Bahlsen is boss of the family company


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Werner Bahlsen is boss of the household firm


Some have failed in particular person lawsuits to acquire compensation from the corporate.

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Bahlsen has annual gross sales of greater than €500m (£430m).

Miss Bahlsen is one in all 4 youngsters of firm proprietor Werner Bahlsen.

She has beforehand been criticised for boasting about her wealth.

Miss Bahlsen stated at a enterprise occasion in Hamburg earlier this month: “I personal a fourth of Bahlsen and I’m very completely satisfied about that.

“I wish to earn cash and purchase a crusing yacht.”

The criticism of her feedback is the newest instance of main German companies being confronted with their previous behaviour beneath the Nazi regime.

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Earlier this 12 months the Reimann household – whose enterprise empire contains well-known manufacturers comparable to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Pret a Manger – stated they deliberate to donate thousands and thousands to charity after studying of their ancestors’ eager assist of Hitler and use of pressured labourers.

In the meantime, Volkswagen chief government Herbert Diess needed to apologise in March after utilizing a phrase which evoked the Nazi slogan “arbeit macht frei” (“work units you free”) throughout an inside administration occasion.

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