“BAYER is organizing expensive celebrations to celebrate its 150 years of creation, yet the company's many crimes are not mentioned in the commemorative publications. Instead of acknowledging its responsibility for forced labor, toxic gases and deadly pharmaceuticals, the company's history is being completely ignored. ”
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In March 2013 and before Bayer celebrations for its 150 years, the Coordination against the dangers of Bayer of Germany published the following report that we share today with the news of the disappearance of the Monsanto company. The loss of prestige of the Monsanto “brand” has been one of Bayer's main reasons for making its name disappear. Monsanto will remain alive within Bayer, and its crimes, for which they will once have to answer, will remain in the memory of the peoples in struggle.
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BAYER is organizing expensive celebrations to celebrate its 150 years of creation, however the company's numerous crimes are not mentioned in the commemorative publications. Instead of acknowledging its responsibility for forced labor, toxic gases and deadly pharmaceuticals, the company's history is being completely ignored. The BAYER Dangers Coalition introduced counter-motions for the next meeting of the company's shareholders' meeting in order to clarify the dark side of BAYER's past.
On its 150th anniversary, Bayer is organizing numerous celebrations with distinguished guests. An exhibition circulates around the world and a specially constructed airship will promote the company on five continents. However, the dark periods in the company's history have been totally silenced in the celebrations. Issues such as environmental pollution, pesticide poisoning, worker protests, and collaboration with the Third Reich are simply ignored.
Philipp Mimkes of the BAYER Dangers Coalition stated: “A member of the infamous IG Farben, BAYER was involved in the most cruel crimes in human history: a subsidiary provided the Zyklon B for gas chambers, the company he also built a giant factory in the Auschwitz camp itself. The company even ran its own concentration camp, where it housed slave workers. Tens of thousands of people died there. " "
More facts from the history of the corporation:
=> Each BAYER brochure includes a reference to the 1998 ASPIRIN invention, but makes no allusion to the fact that the company simultaneously introduced HEROIN to the market as a treatment for children's coughs. Shortly after it was launched on the market, doctors pointed to the potential dependence on heroin. However, Bayer carried out a global advertising campaign for 15 years.
=> Carl Duisberg, who was Bayer's CEO for decades, was personally involved in the development of toxic gases such as "mustard gas" and promoted their use on the front lines - contrary to international law. Duisberg called for the deportation of tens of thousands of Belgian forced laborers and encouraged the annexation of large regions of Eastern Europe.
=> For many decades, Duisberg vigorously supported the merger of the German chemical industry with the aim of creating IG FARBEN. The group founded in 1925, was the largest company in Europe. The company rejected the Weimar Republic and made significant donations to conservative parties and later to the Nazis.
=> IG FARBEN actively participated in the war of conquest of the Third Reich. The company followed the armed forces in the occupied countries of Europe and took over a considerable part of its chemical industry in a few weeks. It also took over the coal mines and oil production. Later the subsequent Chairman of the BAYER Board of Directors, Kurt Hansen, played a leading role in these spoils.
=> In the Nuremberg war criminal trials, IG FARBEN also faced its own trial. One section, for example, stated the following: “It is indisputable that the criminal experiments were carried out by the SS doctors on the prisoners of the concentration camps. These experiments were clearly designed to test IG FARBEN products. »
=> The leaders sentenced in Nuremberg after having served their sentences were able to continue their careers unimpeded. Fritz ter Meer, for example, became Chairman of the BAYER Supervisory Board. During his interrogation in Nuremberg, he said that the slave workers at Auschwitz "had not had to suffer too much, as they were going to be killed anyway." BAYER even gave his name to a foundation “The Fritz ter Meer Foundation”.
=> In the BAYER laboratories, research was done on chemical warfare gases. After the Second World War the inventor of SARIN and TABUN, Dr. Gerhard Schrader, was head of the pesticides department at BAYER. During the Vietnam War, BAYER was involved in the development of AGENT ORANGE. The production was carried out in the MOBAY company, founded jointly with BAYER and MONSANTO.
Symptomatic of the way BAYER handles its history is the awarding of the Hansen Family Award in March 2013. The award, presented by CEO Marijn Dekkers Bayer in Berlin, was originally donated by former Chairman of the Board of Directors Kurt Hansen. Hansen joined the NSDAP in 1931. At IG Farben, he became head of the "Central department for the procurement of raw materials", which played an important role in the war (see above). In the person of Kurt Hansen, the smooth transfer of IG Farben to the Bayer group is once again very clear. So far BAYER has not conducted any independent study of the company's history.
According to the Bayer Hazard Coordination, the Bayer Board of Directors is responsible for the misinterpretation of the company's history. At the next shareholders' meeting in Cologne on April 26 his shares must therefore not be ratified. The Coordination has introduced countermotions that were posted on Bayer's website.