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Backlash is flourishing after an heiress to a German cookie empire shrugged off the hardship suffered by dozens of people forced to work in her family’s business underneath Nazi rule.
Verena Bahlsen, daughter of a owners of a Hanover-based Bahlsen company, told a German journal that her family’s association “did zero wrong” during World War II, when it employed 200 forced laborers – many of them women from Nazi-occupied Ukraine.
“This was before my time and we paid a forced laborers accurately as most as German workers and we treated them well,” Bahlsen told Bild.
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Bahlsen is one of 4 children of association owners Werner Bahlsen.
Her comments stirred some amicable media users to call for a protest of a company’s famous biscuits.
Picture taken on Mar 26, 2019 in Berlin shows Verena Bahlsen, heiress of a Bahlsen biscuit empire.
German politicians also lashed out during a 25-year-old.
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“If we get such a vast estate we also get shortcoming and should not come opposite as aloof,” Lars Klingbeil, secretary ubiquitous of a center-left Social Democrats, told Bild.
The Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre in Berlin forked to Bahlsen’s comments as an instance of a miss of believe about a predicament of forced laborers.
“Not usually is there a good believe opening for family members of a #Bahlsen family. The subject Nazi forced labor is mostly still a blind mark in a common memory,” a core wrote on Twitter.
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In a statement, Bahlsen, that also creates a Leibniz butter cookies code and has annual sales surpassing $560 million, pronounced it was wakeful of a dignified shortcoming that comes with being one of dozens of German companies that used forced labor during a Nazi dictatorship, Reuters reported.