BERLIN (AP) ̵
In a four-page report, the Bild newspaper reported that documents uncovered in Germany, France, and the US reveal that Albert Reimann Sr. and Albert Reimann Jr. used Russian civilians and French prisoners of war as forced laborers.
Family spokesman Peter Harf, one of two managing partners of Reimann's JAB holding company, said the recent internal investigations confirmed the image's findings.
"It's all right," he told the newspaper. "Reimann senior and Reimann junior were guilty … they were in jail."
The father and son who died in 1954 and 1984 did not talk about the Nazi era and the family believed that all the company's connections existed. The Nazis were revealed in a 1978 report, Harf said.
But after reading the family-led documents, the younger generation began asking questions and commissioned a historian from the University of Munich in 2014 to study the Reimann story more thoroughly. Harf said.
The expert presented his preliminary results to the Reimann children and grandchildren and hemp a few weeks ago.
"We were all ashamed and became as white as the wall," he said. "There is nothing to gloss over, these crimes are disgusting."
In addition to Krispy Kreme Donuts and Pret a Manger, the Luxembourg-based JAB Holding Co. has controlled shares in Keurig Green Mountain, Peet's Coffee & Tea and Caribou Coffee Co., Panera Bread and other companies.
Many German companies have recognized the use of slave labor during the Nazi period and conducted their own independent investigations.
In 2000, the German government approved a mark of 10 billion (about 5.1 billion) to provide in return, with half of the money from companies such as Bayer, Siemens, Deutsche Bank, Daimler-Benz, Volkswagen and AEG is from.
Bild reported that the Reimanns had donated even before the Nazis came to power, the paramilitary SS.
During the Second World War, the company used forced laborers in its industrial chemicals company. It was not clear how many were used in total, but Bild said that in 1943 175 forced laborers were deployed, which accounted for about 30 percent of the workforce.
In addition to Russian and other Eastern European civilians, the company used French prisoners of war – Reimann Jr. in a letter to the Mayor of Ludwigshafen in 1940 complained that they had not worked hard enough.
After the war, the two were investigated by the Allied forces and initially forbidden by the French to continue trading. The business activities, however, then overturned the judgment of the Americans, Bild reported.
Harf said the family will donate $ 10 million (US $ 11.3 million) to an undeclared charity as a gesture, and once the historian's report is completed, it will be made public.
"The whole truth has to be put on the table," he said.