"IBM and the Holocaust is not the first Holocaust book I have read--but what an eye-opener. Why has this topic not been covered in any of the thousands of books or papers presented over the years? And when I ask questions of professors and museums seeking more information, no one has any answers.
In his book, the author has perfected the art of recreating the moment and the context, as well as making the undeniable case for IBM's complicity in the murder of millions of Jews and other Europeans during the Hitler regime--both before and after America's entrance in the war. When Watson rides down the dusty turn of the century backroads of upstate NY making sales in saloons, I see it before me. When Hitler crowns him with a medal in Berlin in 1937 for serving the Reich's goals, I see the banquets and the frivolity.
Ironically, instead of actually forming conclusions, the author pulls back and forces the reader to reach the inescapeable conclusion on his own. Yes, IBM technology and corporate power helped organize the Holocaust and escalate the numbers. IBM did not cause the Holocaust, but its involvement was essential to the scale we know today.
Black's documentation is superb. I found myself actually reading footnotes, just to verify the astonishing revelations filling every page. To the scores of historians who have endorsed this book, I hope you will now carry on this important research. To those few with sour grapes, read the book."