General Motors and the Nazis: The Struggle For Control Of Opel, Europe?s Biggest Carmaker

Hardcover | July 11, 2005

byHenry Ashby Turner

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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 fascinating 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.

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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 fascinat...

Henry Ashby Turner, Jr., is Stillé Professor of History Emeritus, Yale University. His previous books include German Big Business and the Rise of Hitler.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:July 11, 2005Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300106343

ISBN - 13:9780300106343

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“Based on excellent and deep research, this book provides a clear, contextualized, and convincing account of General Motors's efforts to run its German subsidiary Opel from 1933 to the American entry into the war in 1941.”—Gerald D. Feldman, University of California, Berkeley