I thought I would lookat Bayer's website to find out how they explained away WW2, BunaRubber production at Monowitz and Mengele's experiments. Leverkusen was and still is Bayer's headquarters and major production site, both before the IG Farben Cartel formation and after.
Breathtaking in itsomissions – the full piece can be read on the link below but I havelifted out the relevant bits 1925 - 1945 - BayerWorld War II approaches
In 1936 the National Socialist government began systematically preparing for war.
When the Second World War finally broke out in 1939, the locations of the Lower Rhine consortium were among the sites of German industry that were considered "vital to the war." Production requirements
grew steadily, yet more and more employees were drafted into military service. For this reason, foreign and forced laborers from the occupied countries of Europe were brought to work in Leverkusen, Dormagen, Elberfeld and Uerdingen - and throughout German industry as a whole - to maintain output levels. At times during the war, these laborers accounted for up to one third of the workforce. Concentration camp prisoners were not employed in the Lower Rhine sites. A time of inventions
Within the network ofI.G. sites, Leverkusen also developed into a key production locationfor basic chemicals and intermediates, as well as the largest dyestuffs production site.
Rubber synthesis and modern polymerchemistry were the focus of research activities at this time.
In the early 1930s, polyacrylonitrile-butadiene-rubber (Perbunan) wasdeveloped here, and Otto Bayer(1902–1982) invented polyurethanes in 1937.
The Wupperal-Elberfeldfacility continued its successful research into drugs to controlmalaria. Working together with Fritz Mietzsch (1896-1958) and JosephKlarer (1898-1953), GerhardDomagk (1895–1964) discovered the therapeutic effect of the sulfonamides - a key breakthrough in the chemotherapy of infectiousdiseases for which Domagk received the Nobel Prize in 1939.So Bayer are rightly proud of their Buna Rubber (synthetic rubber andpolyurethane) and their pharmaceuticals – shame they can't own upto owning Monowitz Concentration Camp and financing Mengelesexperiments.
Edited by scipio, 01 February 2012 - 07:11 PM.