While on stage, Brand told the gathered celebrities and politicians, ‘If anyone knows a bit about history and fashion, you know it was Hugo Boss who made uniforms for the Nazis.’ He then added, with less than subtle irony, ‘But they looked fucking fantastic, let’s face it, while they were killing people on the basis of their religion and sexuality.’
Shortly afterwards, Brand was kicked out by the magazine’s editor, Dylan Jones. According to the comedian’s Twitter feed, the two men exchanged angry words, with Jones saying, ‘What you did was very offensive to Hugo Boss.’ Brand replied, ‘What Hugo Boss did was very offensive to the Jews.’
First the Facts
In 1931, Hugo Boss became a member of the National Socialist (Nazi) party and a sponsoring member (“Förderndes Mitglied”) of the Schutzstaffel (SS) and his economic situation improved with their help. He later stated himself that he had joined the party because of their promise to end unemployment and because he felt “temporarily” withdrawn from the Lutheran church. He joined the German Labour Front in 1936, the Reich Air Protection Association in 1939, and the National Socialist People’s Welfare in 1941. His sales increased from 38,260 RM in 1932 to over 3,300,000 RM in 1941, while his profits increased in the same period from 5,000 RM to 241,000 RM. Though he claimed in a 1934/1935 advertising that he had been a “supplier for National Socialist uniforms since 1924”, such supplies are probable since 1928/1929 and certain since 1934, when he became an Reichszeugmeisterei-licensed (official) supplier of uniforms to the Sturmabteilung,Schutzstaffel, Hitler Youth, National Socialist Motor Corps, and other party organizations. To meet demand in later years of the war, Boss used about 30 to 40 prisoners of war and about 150 forced (i.e. slave) labourers, from the Baltic States, Belgium, France, Italy, Austria, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and the Soviet Union.According to German historian Henning Kober, the company managers were “avowed Nazis”, “the Boss were all great admirers of Adolf Hitler“, and Hugo Boss himself had in 1945 in his apartment a photograph of himself with Hitler taken in the latter’s Obersalzberg retreat.
In a 1946 judgement, based on his early party membership, his financial support of the SS and the uniforms delivered to the Nazi party even before 1933, Boss was considered both an “activist” and a “supporter and beneficiary of National Socialism”. He was stripped of his voting rights and his capacity to run a business, and fined “a very heavy penalty” of 100,000 marks. He died in 1948 but his business survived.
I consider myself a well-read well informed person and I didnt know this. However I am not surprised the US imported a lot of Nazi scientists to help its fledgling rocket science program. I wrote about it in a previous post called: Hiding the Reality of our Times with Positive Language (1)
For your record:
Mittelbau-Dora was a subcamp of Buchenwald concentration camp in Nazi Germany. During 18 months about 60,000 prisoners from 21 nations passed through Dora. An estimated 20,000 inmates died; 9000 died from exhaustion and collapse, 350 hanged (including 200 for sabotage), the remainder died mainly from disease and starvation.
The origins of the Saturn V rocket ( the rockets used begin with the US government choosing Wernher von Braun to be one of about seven hundred German scientists in Operation Paperclip, a program created by President Truman in September 1946.It was intended to bring these scientists and their expertise to the United States, thereby giving America an edge in the Cold War
The worst thing a person can do nowadays is to tell the truth. Is what Russell Brand said going to really hurt Hugo Boss’ Sales ? Probably not, but this does confirm two things I have always believed. First that the general lack of education in completely inexcusable given how much almost instantaneous access we have to knowledge. And Finally:
- Russell Brand kicked out of GQ awards for mentioning Hugo Boss made Nazi uniforms (lostateminor.com)
- Russell Brand Kicked Out of GQ Awards For Pointing Out Hugo Boss Made Nazi Uniforms (topinfopost.com)
- Russell Brand Kicked Out of GQ Awards For Pointing Out Hugo Boss Made Nazi Uniforms (thesuperficial.com)
- Russel Brand kicked out of GQ gala for linking Hugo Boss to Nazis (haaretz.com)