Bestselling author Edwin Black has announced that a new provocative edition of IBM and the Holocaust will be released in the coming days, on the anniversary of the book's original publication in 2001. Buy it here.
The new “Expanded Edition” will include some 32 pages of never-before-published internal IBM correspondence, State and Justice Department memos as well as concentration camp documents that will graphically chronicle exactly what IBM did and what they knew during the twelve-year Hitler regime. IBM has never denied any of the information in the book, and for years has claimed that it has no information about its Hitler-era activities involving the Third Reich.
The new Expanded Edition was necessitated after 1.2 million copies of IBM and the Holocaust sold worldwide and the book became completely out of print at the end of 2011.
The new edition is scheduled to be released on February 26, 2012, 3 PM during a special Live Global Streaming Event to be held at Yeshiva University’s Furst Hall in New York City. The event is sponsored by the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, co-sponsored by Yeshiva University’s Office of Pre-Law Advisement, Jacob Hecht Pre-Law Society, Beren and Wilf campuses, in partnership with StandWithUs, and in association with NAHOS--National Association of Jewish Child Holocaust Survivors, Generations of the Shoah International, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, the State of California Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, Human Rights and Tolerance, The Auto Channel, History Network News, Spero Forum, the Jewish Virtual Library, together with other groups.
Among the newly-released documents and archival materials in the new edition are the secret 1941 correspondence from the New York office setting up a Dutch subsidiary of IBM to work in tandem with the Nazis—a move that that would result in the extermination of the majority of Dutch Jews. Also published is company President Thomas Watson's personal approval for the 1939 release of special IBM alphabetizing machines to help organize the rape of Poland and the deportation of Polish Jews, as well as the IBM camp codes, including the code for gas chamber. Among the newly published punch card photos, are photos of the cards developed for the SS Race Office, including the IBM card developed for the statistician who reported directly to Heinrich Himmler and Adolf Eichmann.
“The world will now be able to see some of the actual correspondence, Justice Department memos, State Department cables and concentration camp documents,” said author Edwin Black. The newly-published documents constitute a fraction of the author's 20,000 documents on this topic. At least a dozen organizations cooperated in the effort to provide the high-quality reproductions contained in the book, including The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Dutch National Archives, the Dachau Bavarian police and others.
At the Live Global Streaming Launch for IBM and the Holocaust Expanded Edition, the author will take questions from an international audience that has both submitted them in advance or will submit them live during the event. The event can be seen at www.ibmandtheholocaust.com.