"Hitler was really happy with this new ally (said so publicly), a friend in the engine business. But this romance didn't last. Old Henry snapped out of it."You are factually wrong on each and every point, Kirby, but to get past the censors, this short reply will address only one. To claim that Hitler learned something from Ford (or worse, invented the VW) is about on par with claiming that Al Gore invented the internet.
My source is the historian Edwin Black. He did a pretty thorough study of Henry Ford Sr.'s bout with anti-Semitism.
Ford was not an historian by training and was easily sucked in by the Protocols of Zion nonsense that still circulates. Jewish bankers and blah blah.
I'm not saying Hitler learned about the car business from Ford, just that he was glad do have a major American industrialist blathering about the world conspiracy of Jewish bankers and blah blah.
Then I was saying the bureaucrats running the labor-to-death camps were advantaged by what counted as "high tech" in that day: IBM's miraculous tabulating machines. Get a printout of all Jews in any city punch cards. A dream come true, if you're a bureaucrat. Americans are similarly obsessed with check boxes, though they don't ask your religion I don't think, care more about ethnicity (not that religions are not ethnicities -- they are, but not necessarily vice versa in common parlance).
Ford did not go to Germany to help Germans or Hitler build cars, he went there to learn how to build cars. Our explosion in technology was not caused by aliens crashing in Roswell but by our capturing the German patent office. Even with that, Germany still exports almost five times as many cars as we do, and Japan, who also benefited by technology agreements with Germany, exports almost four times as many.
Ford-the-company makes lots of cars in Germany (our family owed one a couple, a Cortina and a Taunus -- we picked up the Taunus right from the factory in Koln as I recall (we were living in Italy at the time)), many of them for export. But I was never suggesting Germany was Henry's pupil when it comes to engineering. I'm saying Hitler was happy to have a fellow traveler there for awhile, when Henry was trying to put history together in his head, and going through a maturation phase (many people never "snap out of it").
As an example of how poorly we implemented the technology, consider our freeways, which are cheap copies of German autobahns. We captured the basic design but forgot to read the simple operating instructions, so per mile, there are three times as many deaths per mile on our freeways than there are on German autobahns. My industry, the semiconductor industry, was completely operational in Germany prior to it being destroyed by WWII. Ditto for the rocket industry.
Didn't know semi-conductors was your industry. I had you pegged as a run of the mill creationist Christian which means you barely know how to use an ATM (just kidding, I'm sure you're great with an ATM). Did you work in a fab plant or what?
btw, Ford makes a LOT of money by manufacturing in Germany but loses $BILLIONS by manufacturing here, and our .iss poor education system is only partly to blame.
It's very convenient to have big losses when it comes time to calculate taxes. Lots of big companies are going broke when Uncle Sam knocks at the door, himself in rags, holding that begging bowl, debtor to the world.