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Nazi Past, With a Side of Lingonberries

New book reveals extent of IKEA founder’s collaboration

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Anyone who has had the IKEA experience—an eerie, slightly sinister, self-guided tour through pure, perfect bedrooms and bathrooms and kitchens without the taint of human corruption—would be unsurprised to learn that IKEA’s founder, the Swede Ingvar Kamprad, one of the world’s richest people, had slight fascist sympathies as a young man.

But according to a new book, it was much worse: The young Kamprad made contacts with the ultra-right New Swedish Movement during World War Two, and continued to support it and its leader, who had called Hitler “Europe’s savior” and the Jews “an alien element in the Western public body,” even after the war was over.

If Hitler were an IKEA desk, he would be called Føorheürz.

‘IKEA Founder’s Nazi Past Revealed in New Book’ [JPost]

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jacob arnon says:

“…the Swede Ingvar Kamprad, one of the world’s richest people, had slight fascist sympathies as a young man.”

So did Ingmar Bergman and many other leading Scandinavians like Knut Hamsun who got the Nobel prize for literature.

Yes, there was a movie about Hamsun. Pretty good. Made him seem stubborn and out of it more than a Nazi sympathizer.

James philadelphia says:

Would be interesting to find out if he hires Jews for his stores and company. One thing is for surre. Ikea stores are not disabled people’s friendly. They refuse to provide motorized carts. Excuses they provide are silly and dishonest. All otter stores provide motorized carts for disabled people, tops is Target, Wallmart, Lowes, Home Depot, supermarkets Shope Rite. That is where I shop in Philadelphia. Hey come to think of it I am Jewish. I shop a lot in Ikea.

Rebecca says:

no, say it isn’t so! I love IKEA but after reading this, guess I’ll have to find another “cheap” well designed furniture store that is Jew friendly……….. sigh……… there are none


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Nazi Past, With a Side of Lingonberries

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