[rollei_list] Re: Rollei TLR - The History by Ian Parker
- From: Marc James Small <msmall@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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- Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2006 00:26:58 -0400
At 12:02 AM 9/6/2006, Allen Zak wrote:
While such laws may have been in effect, they
apparently didn't apply to the publication of
promotional materials as none of the other
companies in the collection I examined had Nazi
content. Only F & H saw fit to include
that. Thysson, an early supporter of the Nazis
who later turned against them, AFAIK was the
only industrialist of his stature to have been
so persecuted by the regime. Aircraft pioneer
Hugo Junkers, who had objected to the military
conversion of his highly successful JU 52, was
removed from control of his company but not
otherwise punished. On the whole, the
capitalist elite were probably treated by the
Nazis with more lenience if not outright
deference than any other sector of German society.
Hmm. Come over to the WWII List and post that
or, better, yet, join H-War. You will learn a
LOT about the pressures exerted on German
companies under the Nazis. I have pictures of
the Leitz Plant flying the Hakenkreuz national
flag, as that was the law, and these are from
Leitz promotional material from the
1930's. Allen, you really haven't a clue as to
how persuasive the system was: from 1935
onwards, ALL promotional literature was censored,
and HAD to include the indicia of the Nazi
regime. You seem like a dog snapping at
flies: you are biting at points you can never
make. F&H did as all other German companies did,
and obeyed the law -- certainly, Leitz, Zeiss
Ikon, and Voigtlander had similar literature put
out, as the law MANDATED this. If you put out a
camera brochure, it was censored to ensure that
this flags and the like were included.
To switch this to a different theater, in the
1950's, after the Arsenal works had been ordered
to copy the Zeiss Ikon Contax camera, they put
out a brochure stating that "this camera is based
on the German Contax camera". Nope, the censors
said. "This camera is based on the best German
camera." Nope. "This camera is superior to the
best cameras made in the non-Communist world."
That was acceptable and was, arguably true in 1948.
B&H, and all of the other German optical firms,
were under severe strictures after 1933 as to
what they were permitted to print. I have a LOT
of Prewar Zeiss and F&H and Leitz literatrure
minus any national flags and the like, but these
are the English-language editions. The
German-language editions are a bit different by more then ein bischen.
Go figuree: businessmen attempt to survive in a
hostile environment and you immediately damn them
as fellow-travellers. You really ought to
re-read your copy of Lenin: he spoke at length on this point.
There is nothing Nazi about F&H to my
knowledge. Parker is a suspect source. If
someone has new information, I'd be glad to add this into the discussion.
Cha robh bàs fir gun ghràs fir!
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