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Postby BLES » Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:03 am

To me Hugo Boss was only another fragrance on the shelves of cosmetic shops. The other night I was watching a program called the “Upraise of Hitler” on the National Geographic channel. Then there he was…Hugo Boss. He was a member of the Nazi party and a sponsoring member of the Schutzstaffel (SS) who actually designed and delivered their black uniforms. Fascinated by this I did a quick search on google and learned that he started his clothing company in 1924 in Metzingen, a small town south of Stuttgart, where it is still based today.

Not all went well for Boss though. Due to the economic climate of Germany at the time, Boss was forced into bankruptcy. In 1931, he reached an agreement with his creditors, leaving him with six sewing machines to start again. That same year he joined the Nazi party.

Because of his Nazi party membership, his financial support of the SS and the uniforms delivered to the Nazi party, Boss was considered both an "activist" and a "supporter and beneficiary of National Socialism". In a 1946 judgment he was stripped of his voting rights, his capacity to run a business, and fined "a very heavy penalty" of 100,000 DM ($70,553 U.S. dollars). He died in 1948, but his business survived as his son-in-law Eugen Holy took over ownership and running of the company. In 1984, the first Boss branded fragrance appeared. This helped the company gain the required growth for listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange the following year.

I thought I share this with you gents as next time you look at a bottle of Boss in your bathroom cabinet or see one on a shelf in a shop you’ll know the remarkable history behind it. ;)
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Re: Hugo Boss

Postby RiverValleyTrading » Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:12 am

BLES wrote:To me Hugo Boss was only another fragrance on the shelves of cosmetic shops. The other night I was watching a program called the “Upraise of Hitler” on the National Geographic channel. Then there he was…Hugo Boss. He was a member of the Nazi party and a sponsoring member of the Schutzstaffel (SS) who actually designed and delivered their black uniforms. Fascinated by this I did a quick search on google and learned that he started his clothing company in 1924 in Metzingen, a small town south of Stuttgart, where it is still based today.

Not all went well for Boss though. Due to the economic climate of Germany at the time, Boss was forced into bankruptcy. In 1931, he reached an agreement with his creditors, leaving him with six sewing machines to start again. That same year he joined the Nazi party.

Because of his Nazi party membership, his financial support of the SS and the uniforms delivered to the Nazi party, Boss was considered both an "activist" and a "supporter and beneficiary of National Socialism". In a 1946 judgment he was stripped of his voting rights, his capacity to run a business, and fined "a very heavy penalty" of 100,000 DM ($70,553 U.S. dollars). He died in 1948, but his business survived as his son-in-law Eugen Holy took over ownership and running of the company. In 1984, the first Boss branded fragrance appeared. This helped the company gain the required growth for listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange the following year.

I thought I share this with you gents as next time you look at a bottle of Boss in your bathroom cabinet or see one on a shelf in a shop you’ll know the remarkable history behind it. ;)


Wow! Thanks very BLES! Very interesting history.
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Re: Hugo Boss

Postby Thug » Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:15 am

Thanks for sharing that Bles.

I wonder how many other companies that trade today had roots in Nazi Germany and were active supporters of mass genocide!
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Re: Hugo Boss

Postby RiverValleyTrading » Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:25 am

I recall there was huge outcry at the Holocaust memorial in Berlin because a special graffitti proof paint was supplied by Degussa. The very same company that supplied Zyklon B to Nazis for use in the concentration camp gas chambers.

BTW. If you ever get a chance to check it out, it's a very interesting and chilling memorial. The designer and artist has never fully explained the meaning, but left it up to the people to inerpret.

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Re: Hugo Boss

Postby deepsouth » Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:02 am

IBM pops to mind - big blue kept the numbers running . Major Western corporation helping hitler and his band of ruthless cnts

" ... outlines the way in which IBM's technology helped facilitate Nazi genocide through generation and tabulation of punch cards based upon national census data "

source : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_and_the_Holocaust
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Re: Hugo Boss

Postby Thug » Fri Dec 02, 2016 12:08 pm

Thanks RVT, wasn't aware of that memorial.

An interesting interpretation.

Likewise DS, also interesting.
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Re: Hugo Boss

Postby BLES » Fri Dec 02, 2016 1:26 pm

RiverValleyTrading wrote:I recall there was huge outcry at the Holocaust memorial in Berlin because a special graffitti proof paint was supplied by Degussa. The very same company that supplied Zyklon B to Nazis for use in the concentration camp gas chambers.

BTW. If you ever get a chance to check it out, it's a very interesting and chilling memorial. The designer and artist has never fully explained the meaning, but left it up to the people to inerpret.

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Very interesting. Thanks RVT. Maybe the artist meant for it to depict coffins in different shapes and sizes to remind us of those who died in the gas chambers? :think:
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Re: Hugo Boss

Postby RiverValleyTrading » Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:27 pm

BLES wrote:
RiverValleyTrading wrote:I recall there was huge outcry at the Holocaust memorial in Berlin because a special graffitti proof paint was supplied by Degussa. The very same company that supplied Zyklon B to Nazis for use in the concentration camp gas chambers.

BTW. If you ever get a chance to check it out, it's a very interesting and chilling memorial. The designer and artist has never fully explained the meaning, but left it up to the people to inerpret.

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Very interesting. Thanks RVT. Maybe the artist meant for it to depict coffins in different shapes and sizes to remind us of those who died in the gas chambers? :think:


Yes, I see that it does sort look like coffins. However, when I was there I was thinking that the designe wanted to make something that looked totally unnantural. As if to show that some great turmoil had taken place.
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