Most people could probably guess that Volkswagen had Nazi roots, especially since it was one of Hitler’s favorite car brands. However, there are several other household names—like Coca-Cola and Chase Bank—that also collaborated with Nazi Germany.
Coca-Cola is no doubt an iconic American brand, and even though the German Reich apparently dubbed the flashy soft drink as frivolous, the German public loved it and refused to give it up during World War II. In fact, Coca-Cola has since been accused of playing both sides of the fence in the war. They initially pulled support to their German bottling plants, but then created a special soft drink for the Nazis called Fanta. This allowed the German public to keep getting their daily sugar fix despite the sugar ration in the country.
Kodak is one company that has particularly deep Nazi roots. In World War II, the company’s German branch built their products using slave labor from concentration camps. Additionally, many of their European locations conducted business with Nazi Germany. Hitler’s top economic advisor Wilhelm Keppler, also advised Kodak to fire all of their Jewish employees.