Re: Nazis Stomping Fluffy Kittens

Robert Harley (
Mon, 8 Dec 1997 17:50:23 +0100 (MET)

>Think about it. All the world loves diamonds. What is so special about
>them? They have some industrial value. In fact, DeBeer's sold diamonds
>to the Nazis during WWII and some say prolonged the war 2-3 more years
>in Europe than it would have lasted and cost hundreds of
>thousands of more lives [...]

I've heard that about Swedish ball-bearings too. Those smack of urban
legend. Perhaps if Sweden, Switzerland etc had been economically
neutral as well as politically, the war would have been shorter, but I
doubt than any one item made much of a difference. Now if they had
been selling nukes...

-- R