Originally Posted by Grizzafted
It's not a matter of boycotting German companies. It's actually simple. I would most definitely not want the New England Patriots to play football in a stadium that bears the name of a company that put an insurance policy on Auschwitz. That's all. Agree to disagree.
Its ignorance like this that is so mind-boggling. First of all, they didn't have a choice. They were in a country that MANDATED what they did during a time of war. They were going to insure it or the Reich was going to take the company over and insure it anyways. Secondly, one of the things that you'd learn if you did any sort of in depth study on WWII is that many of the German citizenry didn't KNOW that they were concentration camps at the time. As was noted, when one of their representatives went to Dachau, they were only shown the manufacturing facilities there. Not anything else.
Are you going to stop taking aspirin, driving on roads (the Germans perfected the mixture we know today as ashphalt), driving most cars (you can find many pieces that were made by German companies that go back to WWII)
And lastly, Allianz has taken up a MORAL obligation for what happened even though they didn't have a choice in the matter. They didn't have to do so. But they did and have done so and continue to do so.
Now, I don't blame WWII vets for feeling the way they do. They experienced it. They earned that right.
OH, btw, in your case, grizzafted, you are being a hypocrite because you aren't treating them all the same. Volkswagen, Mercedes, and BMW, had much more to do with the attrocities committed during WWII than Allianz ever did.