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Thread: Love Krispy Kreme? You Are Worse Than Hitler!

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    New York (CNN Business)The family that owns well-known consumer brands like Krispy Kreme doughnuts, Keurig Dr. Pepper and Panera Bread say their Nazi ancestors used slave labor during World War II.The Reimann family, which owns the controlling stake in JAB Holdings and is reportedly one of the richest families in Germany, will donate 10 million, or $11 million, to a yet-undisclosed charity after a three-year investigation that it commissioned discovered details of their ancestors' behavior.
    A family spokesperson said Albert Reimann Sr., who died in 1954, and Albert Reimann Jr., who died in 1984, used Russian civilian prisoners and French prisoners of war as forced labor in their factories during the war, and that they were anti-Semites and avowed supporters of Adolf Hitler.



    The investigation also found that Reimann Sr. donated to Hitler's paramilitary SS force as early as 1931.
    Investigators also found a letter from Reimann Jr. to a local mayor complaining that the French prisoners of war weren't working hard enough and should be in prison.
    "Reimann Senior and Reimann Junior were guilty. The two businessmen have passed away, but they actually belonged in prison," said Peter Haft, the 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 is nothing to gloss over. These crimes are disgusting." A family spokesperson confirmed the quote to CNN Business.
    The family expects to publish a book next year that will detail the ties.
    JAB Holdings, which is based in Luxembourg, also owns Peet's Coffee, Pret A Manger, Einstein's Bagels and Coty.
    The company acquired most of its best-known brands within the last several years. It took a stake in Coty in the early 1990s, and is the beauty company's largest shareholder
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    Not just Krispy Kreme - Panera. I'm a HUGE Panera fan. Call me what you want.
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    Wow, just imagine what William Barr would have done with this report.

    I'm a HUGE Panera fan. Call me what you want.
    Now I'm never going to be able to order "You Pick 2" without thinking of "Sophies Choice".

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    They only gave $11 million?

    I'm sad that they own Einstein's Bagels. I really love their bagels!
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    Oh man! With as many times as I've eaten at Panera over the years, I'm sure they could afford more than 11 million, but at least they are doing something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jadestone View Post
    I'm sad that they own Einstein's Bagels. I really love their bagels!
    The irony...a company with links to Nazi Germany owns a bagel factory....
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    The irony...a company with links to Nazi Germany owns a bagel factory....
    Right? I was thinking the same thing.
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    I mean... I'm not surprised given where they lived and when.
    There weren't many innocent people around I mean you see your neighbor shot in the head and their kids herded away and you have your kid join the HItler Youth? Yeah it was survival but the lip service that "I didn't know" is bullshit.
    My grandpa waS a POW the Wehrmacht knew, the citizens were close enough to smell the burning bodies. Unless you were totally isolated in the country chances are you knew.
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    A coworker who I used to eat lunch with a lot at my last job loved Panera so whenever she'd suggest it, I'd go along with it, but I never even remember Panera exists when I'm trying to think of something to eat. It's weird, because the food's not bad, and they are nearly everywhere, but I just never think about it. They used to have these "bowls" which really were just Asian-style soups with vegetables and broth, but they were a nice change from salad and not as heavy as a sandwich, but I don't think they have them anymore.

    I also thought that was weird about Einstein Bagels...and was the place named after Einstein or is that a coincidence? That's another place I've only eaten at a handful of times. I can't remember having anything bad there, I just never think about it.

    Krispy Kreme is gone from where I live and their boxed donuts are terrible. I did like the fresh donuts when we had shops here, though.

    Anyway, it's an odd story...you find out your relatives were horrible people, oops, here's a donation. But on the other hand, if people aren't perpetuating their family's bad behavior, I don't really know what the younger generations are supposed to do about the past other than acknowledge it, make donations or set up foundations or whatever.
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    Have they just gone public on this because they noticed their company name on one of the many lists available on the internet?

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    I can't stand them personally and I've been to one of the places that makes them in Spokane, Washington. Couldn't get them any fresher than that, but they have way too much gooey, sweet syrup, they're full of air and go stale in no time. Give me a good cake donut anytime over those!

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    I'm not a big fan of cake donuts, but never say never. I like that Krispy Kremes are nice and airy, but you basically have to eat them the second they hand them to you and with some black coffee to combat the sweetness.
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