Germany: The Nazi past of one of the world’s biggest frozen pizza producers, Dr Oetker, will be revealed in a book published on Monday. It comes as a member of the Oetker family speaks for the first time about the company’s support for Hitler.
Rudolf-August Oetker, who ran Dr Oetker after World War Two and died in 2007, volunteered for Hitler’s SS and joined the Nazi Party in the thirties. The firm also profited from its close relationship with Hitler.
Rudolf-August never said how involved he and his firm were in National Socialism in public. “Perhaps he wanted to redact part of his life. I can understand that. But nothing gets better by doing that,” his son said.
August Oetker welcomed the research into the Nazi past which has been funded by the firm. “I feel now we know the facts, now the fog has lifted,” he said.