The Reimann family, which holds a majority stake in JAB Holdings and is allegedly one of the richest families in Germany, will receive discovered details of the behavior after spending three years investigating ten million euros or $ 11 million donated to a charitable organization their ancestors.
A spokesman for the family said Albert Reimann Senior, who died in 1954, and Albert Reimann Jr., who died in 1984, used Russian prisoners of war and French prisoners of war as forced laborers in their factories during the war, were anti-Semites and avowed supporters of Adolf Hitler.
The investigation also revealed that Reimann Sr. had already joined Hitler's paramilitary SS troupe in 1931 Donate also found a letter from Reimann jr. to a local mayor who complained that the French prisoners of war had not worked hard enough and needed to be in prison.
"Reimann Senior and Reimann Junior were guilty, the two businessmen died, but they were actually prisoners," said Peter Haft, chairman and one of the managing partners of JAB Holdings, in an interview with German publication Bild. "We were ashamed and white as sheets, there's nothing to gloss over, these crimes are disgusting." A spokesman for the family confirmed the quote to CNN Business.
The family expects to publish a book next year detailing the relationship.
JAB Holdings, headquartered in Luxembourg, also owns Peet's Coffee, Pret A Manger, Einstein's Bagels and Coty.