Brad Pitt, the actor who is one half of the Brangelina pair formed with actress Angelina Jolie, is to produce an movie of investigative journalist Edwin Black’s nonfiction bestseller IBM and the Holocaust. The book has been a blockbuster bestseller, delving into the sordid history of the connections between IBM and the Third Reich before and during the Holocaust and the Second World War. Black's closely researched book examines how Thomas Watson, IBM chief executive during the war, sealed a deal with Adolf Hitler's National Socialist Germany in 1933 to help identify Jews for extermination. The American corporate giant, which is deeply rooted in the history of computing, used its patented Holloerith machine to help the Nazis identify Jews for extermination. IBM even had an office at the Auschwitz extermination camp in order to assist the Nazi death machine.
The book is a hard go, given its documentation of corporate collusion with terror and genocide. Brad Pitt had originally sought to have the film appear at HBO, where it was still in development in January 2012 with a script by Marcus Hinchey (All Good Things). Now a feature film, it has left HBO as Pitt seeks to feature it on cable television or as a theatrically released film through his Plan B production company. It is not known at this time whether Pitt's chiseled features will appear on the screen for this movie, but a report by Vulture suggests that another star may be involved.
Author Edwin Black is referring queries to his agent.
IBM and the Holocaust is a New York Times bestselling shocker with a million copies in print. It examined IBM’s co-planning and co-organizing of the Holocaust for the Nazis, all micromanaged by its president Thomas J Watson from New York and Paris. A new expanded edition, published this year, offers 37 pages of previous unpublished documents, pictures, internal company correspondence, and other archival materials. It was originally published in 2001 to critical praise. Black's other books have examined officially sanctioned and enforced genocide in the U.S. (War Against the Weak), and the geopolitics of petroleum (Banking on Baghdad) and Arab Muslim alliances with Nazi Germany (The Farhud).