Friday, September 23, 2011

Hugo Boss Apologizes for Fashioning Nazi Uniforms

Will World War 2 ever end? Probably never. Every day new information surfaces, revelations espoused, holes filled.

Now we see another high-profile consumer goods company stepping forward, hat in hand. This one, Hugo Boss, which "has released a formal apology for outfitting Nazi soldiers during World War II," reports Entertainment News.

In the new book, Hugo Boss, 1924-1945: The History of a Clothing Factory During the Weimar Republic and Third Reich, author Roman Koester reveals the fashion house’s "historical activity, explaining that the company is responsible for clothing countless Nazis."

Hugo Ferdinand Boss, founder of the company, which he created in 1924, "never denied having provided millions of Nazi soldiers with uniforms. He maintained, however, that he only did so to 'protect his business from bankruptcy.' The book--financed by Hugo Boss itself, aiming to add 'clarity and objectivity to the discussion'--reveals the designer’s involvement with the Nazis went much further: Not only did he outfit the SS, but he took advantage of forced labor in his factory."

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