News & Opinion | March 26, 2019 9:17 am

Billionaire Reimann Family Confronts Slave Labor Used During Nazi Regime

The family is making a donation of $11 million.

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Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945) in Munich in the spring of 1932. (Photo by Heinrich Hoffmann/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
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After discovering ties to the Nazi regime, the billionaire Reimann family is donating $11 million of their over $10 billion fortune to a yet to be named charity, Bloomberg reports.

The Reimann family is the owner of several popular chains like Panera Bread, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Pret A Manger, as well as the maker of beverages like Keurig coffee and tea and the soda Dr Pepper.

Over four decades ago the family began a quiet effort to unearth any Nazi ties after an article was published in 1978 claiming links between the Nazi party and the family. A spokesperson for the Reimann family says the complete report will be available in 2020.

The report found that slave labor was used on Reimann property in Ludwigshafen, in the Rhineland. Often the slaves were beaten and sexually assaulted.

6,500 German companies came together in 2000 to create a fund of over 5 billion euros for the victims of the Nazi regime.