Christie's auction and other computer history events

From: David H. Barr <>
Date: Mon Feb 21 09:14:06 2005

I found that book to be tedious, repetitive, sensationalist, and
mildly informative. There is probably truth that some Hollerith-style
machines were sold to Germany by Dehomag, and there is a good
probability that some of these machines were used for what can now, in
hindsight, be broadly colored as nefarious purposes.

Repeatedly painting Thomas Watson as a fascist and IBM as an
intentional Nazi colluder / sympathizer does not help Mr. Black's
credibility. After you've read the first third of the book, you've got
everything he has to reveal. I recommend you check this book out from
a library, read a third of it, then never think about it again. It's
worth the one or two nuggets of historical fact, and it might bring
some "ethics in computing" type reminders up.


On Sun, 20 Feb 2005 10:46:09 -0500 (EST), William Donzelli
<> wrote:
> > I recently read a book about IBM's Involvement with Germany during WWII:
> >
> > IBM and the Holocaust - The Strategic Alliance between nazi Germany and
> > America's most powerful corporation. By Edwin Black Copyright 2001
> > ISBN: 0-609-60799-5
> Keep in mind that basically every historian has dismissed this book as
> sensationalist drivel. Lots of holes and flaws in it.
> Mr. Black laughed all the way to the bank...
> William Donzelli
Received on Mon Feb 21 2005 - 09:14:06 GMT

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