Award-winning author Edwin Black is slated to give a global live streaming interview on Monday, February 26. Black will speak about the re-release of his blockbuster book IBM and the Holocaust, which in its previous edition went out of print following sales of 1.5 million copies worldwide. The live interview can be seen at Spero and at the IBMandtheHolocaust website.
A New York Times-best-selling author, Black offers fresh documentation of the collaboration between the U.S. corporate giant and Germany's National Socialist government in tabulating and enumerating victims of the Holocaust that swept Europe during the 1930s and 40s. Black documents, for example, that IBM provided cutting edge tabulation equipment to the Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime to facilitate the management of the death camps. He noted that IBM through an affiliate even had an office at the notorious Auschwitz death camp.
Author Black has written several books linking racism, corporate greed, and geopolitics throughout the 20th century and today. In Banking on Baghdad he chronicled the history of backroom diplomacy and petro-politics that assured a steady supply of petroleum to the west and filled the coffers of companies such as Shell Oil and British Petroleum. In The Farhud, he connects the dots leading from the one of Hitler's allies, the Muslim Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, to Iran's petroleum and the ethnic cleansing of Iran's millennial Jewish community during the Second World War.