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Author Turner, Henry Ashby.

Title General Motors and the Nazis : the struggle for control of Opel, Europe's biggest carmaker / Henry Ashby Turner, Jr
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2005]


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Description viii, 200 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents GM's costly subsidiary sags with the slump, then soars under the swastika -- Opel and GM adapt to the Third Reich -- GM fumbles the Volkswagen, gains a truck factory, identifies foes and friends -- A Nazi grasp for Opel is fended off -- The gauleiter is thwarted, but not without consequences -- Opel is conscripted for the German war effort -- Mr. Mooney tries to stop the Second World War -- GM loses control but takes wartime profits -- Circumstances and options--responsibility and guilt
Summary "This book, the first ever based on unrestricted access to General Motors' internal records, documents the giant American corporation's dealings with the Third Reich. GM purchased Opel, Europe's largest automaker, in the 1920s and continued to hold it through the Second World War. Historian Henry Ashby Turner, Jr., uncovers the story of how the American carmaker conducted business in Germany under the Nazi regime and explores larger issues concerning the relations between international corporations and the Third Reich." "The book presents new and detailed information about General Motors' interactions with Hitler and other Nazi officials, including the carmaker's attempt to capture the Volkswagen project. It also reveals how American GM executives thwarted a sustained Nazi effort to gain control of Opel. The author concludes with an assessment of the extent of the company's implication, through Opel, in the Nazi war effort and in the exploitation of forced labor."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-196) and index
Subject Opel AG -- History.
Automobile industry and trade -- Germany -- History.
United States -- Foreign economic relations -- Germany.
Germany -- History -- 1933-1945.
Genre/Form History.
LC no. 2005001370
ISBN 0300106343 cloth alkaline paper