Heir of Nazi industrialist gives EUR 5m to slaves

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22 April 2005, BERLIN - The grandson of Nazi supporter and industrialist Friedrich Flick has made a big donation to a public-private fund set up to compensate Third Reich slave labourers, the foundation running the fund said on Friday.

22 April 2005

BERLIN - The grandson of Nazi supporter and industrialist Friedrich Flick has made a big donation to a public-private fund set up to compensate Third Reich slave labourers, the foundation running the fund said on Friday.

Modern art collector Friedrich Christian Flick gave EUR 5 million to a global fund established in 2001 with DEM 10 billion (EUR 5.1 billion) to compensate former Nazi slaves, the foundation said.

About 1.7 million now elderly ex-Nazi slaves, mostly in eastern Europe, have been given symbolic compensation through the fund.

Flick had been strongly criticised for declining to join the slave labour compensation programme which was 50 percent funded by the German state and 50 percent by private industry.

His grandfather, Friedrich Flick, was a wealthy businessman who joined the Nazi party and made big donations to Hitler. He worked closely with Heinrich Himmler's SS and played a major role in the arms sector but never held public office during the Third Reich.

After the war, Flick was accused of having heavily relied on slave labour and sentenced to seven years in prison at the Nuremburg trials in 1947.

After winning early release from prison in 1950, Flick swiftly rebuilt his industrial empire. His holdings, including 40 percent of Daimler-Benz, gave him the biggest private business empire in West Germany by the late 1960s. Flick died in 1972, aged 89.

DPA

Subject: German news

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