The German conglomerate Siemens AG does important work in building large and small-end electrical products covering engineering, energy, medical goods, drives, fire safety, and industrial plant goods. The corporation is one of Europe’s oldest and largest industrial manufacturers, employing about 293,000 people worldwide, and generating over 57 billion in revenue.
The Siemens USA division employs over 60,000 people, which means it is subject to President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for employers with 100 or more employees. As a German-based company, they are used to following orders, so they are fine with this state of affairs; many of its U.S. employees, are not.
TJ Whittaker (not his real name) is one Siemens USA employee who does not wish to get the vaccine and is opposed to the vaccine mandates being imposed.
“Siemens has very aggressively gotten in line with the Biden Administration (aka Democrat Socialists) vaccine mandates, much like Southwest Airlines citing “government contracts,” and how the government is “their most important customer,” and how everyone must be jabbed regardless,” Whittaker said.
“It’s very deceitful how he [Biden] manages his doublespeak.”
Whittaker also fears the company is trafficking in all too familiar territory.
“What is particularly compelling though is that Siemens took the very same path with the National Socialists (aka Nazis) and profited immensely colluding with Hitler and his minions, garnering numerous contracts with the Nazis,” Whittaker continued.
“Siemens has made much ado about how they now realize that it was a mistake to collude with the Nazis.”
Siemens has acknowledged on its website its relationship with the National Socialist German Workers’ (NAZI) Party, but claims that it was distasteful and a necessary evil.
Carl Friedrich von Siemens was head of the company from 1933 to 1941. A staunch advocate of democracy, he detested the Nazi dictatorship. However, he was responsible for ensuring the company’s well-being and continued existence.
Although the German economy was increasingly regulated by the government, the industrial sector was granted a certain amount of leeway. For the most part, Siemens was able to restrict its manufacturing activities in the armaments area to the production of electrical goods and to avoid producing goods outside its traditional portfolio. Even during wartime, the company’s production of typical war goods such as weapons and ammunition was limited. Nevertheless, from the end of 1943 on, Siemens primarily manufactured electrical equipment for the armed forces.
The company PR burnishes the fact that they had to rely on forced laborers—that is, the Jewish, Polish, Gypsy, Christians, and other prisoners the Nazis deemed “degenerate” in the concentration camps. Between 1940 and 1945, at least 80,000 labored on behalf of Siemens. In order to stay in production while everything around it was being destroyed, Siemens moved their facilities into German conquered territories. the Siemens website touts this as “expansion.” Once Germany was defeated, Siemens received their comeuppance for their partnership with Nazi Germany:
The Allies confiscated all the company’s tangible assets worldwide. All its trademark and patent rights were rescinded. All its foreign assets were lost. Overall, Siemens forfeited 80 percent of its total worth or some 2.6 billion German marks.
Despite this, Siemens rebuilt and continued to expand, becoming a worldwide conglomerate. That is, until they were brought up on worldwide corruption charges in the early ’90s. According to the SEC charges, the corruption was
unprecedented in scale and geographic reach. The corruption involved more than $1.4 billion in bribes to government officials in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.
Once caught, Siemens once again made nice, and paid up, but did they amend their practices?
Following the US and German prosecutions, Siemens paid more than $1.6 billion in fines, penalties and disgorgement of profits, including $800 million to US authorities. This was the largest monetary sanction ever imposed in a case under America’s Foreign Corruption Practice Act since it was passed in 1977.
In a book review about the corruption scandal, Taylor & Francis Online wrote this in their abstract:
For Siemens the largest risk was being barred from government contracts. As a consequence, it replaced virtually its entire managing board, an unprecedented procedure in the history of the company.
Unprecedented, meaning they would do what it took to stay in business, as most corporations do. However, Siemens appears to have no problem doing this at the expense of human capital; just as they did in Nazi Germany. The tunnel-visioned subsistence, and some latent anti-Semitism reared its head again. In a 2001 epic PR mess, Siemens sought to register the trademark for the name “Zyklon”.
I. KID. YOU. NOT.
A BBC article exposed the company’s tone deaf move:
German engineering giant Siemens has hastily abandoned plans to register the trademark “Zyklon”, the same name as the Zyklon B poison gas used in Nazi extermination camps, BBC News Online has learnt.
A year ago, Bosch Siemens Hausgeraete (BSH), the firm’s consumer products joint venture, filed two applications with the US Patent & Trademark Office for the Zyklon name across a range of home products, including gas ovens.
Siemens is an international company with huge pockets, payouts from the corruption scandal notwithstanding. So, the fact that their patent department did not raise any alarm bells that this would be at best, poor taste, and at worst, pouring salt in the wounds of the Jewish people by invoking the Holocaust is mind boggling.
And as recently as 2013, The Times of Israel documented a story of the concentration camp slave laborers, who did work for Siemens, that were prevented from viewing the company’s archives. It appears that Siemens exhibits not only problems with systemic corruption, but a desire to deny the past, and withhold the truth.
“The trouble is they are pursuing the same path today (i.e., anything for a dollar or a Deutsche mark), and trumpet their working relationship with the Biden Administration while submitting to and profiting from socialist government edicts.
“They never learned their lesson,” he said.
Now it seems that Siemens AG is following its weathered playbook in order to maintain their U.S. government contracts.
“It’s one thing to willingly enter into this arrangement; then they apologize for their complicity, but decades later, willingly enter into the same arrangement. It’s like, Here we go again! Whittaker said.
However, this may indeed go deeper. As documented on Holocaust Online, Siemens not only employed slave labor at the German death camps: Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Flossenberg, Gross Rosen, Mauthausen, Neuengamme, Ravensbruck, and Sachsenhausen, but they were complicit in robbing Jewish merchants and businessmen of their assets, as well as laundering the resale of those businesses for German use.
In late 1944, at the height of World War II, Siemens’ total workforce of 244,000 included 50,000 people who had been put to work against their will. The overall number of people who served as forced labor at Siemens during the war years was even higher.
The major private firm that used slave labor at Ravensbrück was the Siemens Electric Company, today the second largest electric company in the world. In a separate camp adjoining the main one, Siemens “employed” the women to make electrical components for V-1 and V-2 rockets. The women usually worked for twelve hours a day, under conditions of extreme exploitation. Women also worked at some of the most difficult tasks, including construction. They were used like animals, with twelve to fourteen of them pulling a huge roller to pave the streets,
In addition to the profitable business of working people to death at Nazi concentration camps, Siemens did quite well in the so-called “Aryanization Program,” which was essentially the expropriation of Jewish businesses for resale at bargain basement prices to approved German companies
What is distinctive about the Ravensbruck death camp is that this is where medical experiments were also performed. The experiments described as Control Group One is creepily close to what is occurring as more people are compelled to take the vaccine and more side effects are documented:
The experiments conducted on Polish political prisoners in Ravensbrück by Nazi doctors fall into two groups.
Group one aimed at testing the efficiency of sulphonamide drugs. This was done by deliberately wounding the selected victim and by introducing various virulent bacteria (staphylococci, gas bacilli) into the wound after which the patient was given one of the tested drugs. Whatever the scientific result of these experiments the fact remains that they were invariably very painful and often resulted in the patient’s death or permanent bodily injury.
Is it too far fetched to believe that this pandemic has become a convenient control mechanism to test the efficacy of the vaccines? How can we know that the vaccines are as safe and effective as the manufacturers and the CDC have claimed?
Eighteen months ago we assumed that our government would care for its elderly and didn’t fund Gain-of-Function research. What used to sound far-fetched has now become reality. For those paying attention, there appears to be no line that government, or a company like Siemens, will not cross.
We should be very afraid, and many of the Siemens employees are.
“A lot of employees are distressed about the situation,” Whittaker said.
Whittaker supplied several official emails from the President and CEO of Siemens USA, as well as high-level executives within the conglomerate.
Here is the official email correspondence from Kevin Owens in Siemens Human Resources, which is very telling:
On September 9, 2021, The White House issued an Executive Order requiring most federal workers, contractors and subcontractors who do business with the government to get vaccinated against COVID-19. On September 24, more details of the Executive Order were released, which made clear that there is not an alternative option for regular testing for those who prefer not to be vaccinated. The deadline for compliance is December 8, 2021.
The federal government is one of DI SW’s and Siemens USA’s largest customers in the United States. The Executive Order applies to all our U.S.-based employees, regardless of work location (whether they work from home or from an office) and includes those who do not work directly on a federal contract. If we do not comply, Siemens will be disqualified from obtaining any new government contracts or contract extensions and modifications, which would severely impact our overall business and growth initiatives.
Why include people who a) do not work on government contracts, and b) people who have no contact with other employees? The reasoning is less about sensible protocol, and more about command and control.
This paragraph alone shows that no one at Siemens took a breath and looked at how to best accommodate their employees. What is scarier, is that no one appeared to take pause over the obvious parallels to the company’s past history. God forbid Siemens lose those U.S. government contracts, and their history has shown they will do what it takes to maintain them.
We are working on our internal process for understanding these new requirements and implementing required protocols. While the government guidance acknowledges the need for reasonable accommodation for those unable to get vaccinated due to a disability or sincerely held religious belief in accordance with existing law, we expect these cases to be under rare and very limited circumstances. However, if a reasonable accommodation is granted, it may lead to weekly testing requirements.
How does Siemens make the assumption that reasonable accommodations of an employee base of 60,000 will be a) rare, and b) very limited circumstances? It’s almost as if they are signaling that they will make any request for accommodation difficult, if not impossible, particularly since they still have not set up how they plan to implement these vaccine protocols. It’s almost as if they are making it up as they go along.
As determined by the CDC, an individual is fully vaccinated two weeks after a second shot in a two-dose vaccine series, or, two weeks after a single-shot vaccine. Therefore, the steps involved to become fully vaccinated begin well in advance of December 8. If you are not yet fully vaccinated, you may wish to begin this process now. Proof of vaccination will be required, so be sure to keep your vaccination record safe.
But this email from HR rep Owens was distributed in early October. As of last Friday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky has signaled that a change in the vaccine protocols could be coming soon, as my colleague Bonchie reported.
CDC Dir. Rochelle Walensky announced yesterday that they are looking to “update” the definition of what it means to be fully vaccinated. This follows a Biden administration trend of incoherence, making COVID-19 mitigation a continually moving target while promising people a return to normalcy — if they just do what they are told. There’s always another “one last thing,” though.
This is just the initial two shots if you choose Moderna or Pfizer, and one shot if you choose Johnson and Johnson. No mention of boosters, or how many that could be. So, essentially, what the Siemens employees are required to commit to is a mandate built on sinking sand.
We will send along more guidance, including about how we will gather the necessary vaccination information from you, as it becomes available. Thank you in advance for doing your part to keep you and your family healthy and safe and helping ensure the continuity of our business.
Shorter: if you don’t get the jab, you’ll ruin us. But we’re sorry to stress you out—here’s some counseling!
The pandemic has continued to raise new, unprecedented challenges for all of us, both personally and professionally. We recognize that this can be difficult and stressful, and I thank you for being resilient and patient as we navigate the continued uncertainty. Please also remember that if you are struggling, you are not alone, and we offer a wide array of resources to our employees.
Thank you for your support.
According to Whittaker, about 25 percent of that employee base (more than likely more), are opposed to the vaccine the mandate, most on the basis of conscience. No one is anti-vaxx. Vaccines are fine and proper in the correct medical context. But companies mandating that employees get a vaccine that they may not need, or may cause them harm, as a requirement to keep their jobs, is not that context.
Whittaker said Evangelical Christians are the most opposed, followed by nominal Catholics, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Lutherans who make up the religious exemption spectrum. Then there are people who have no political or religious affiliation, but are simply opposed to the draconian overreach in pushing the vaccine mandates. According to Whittaker, the more this mandate is shoved down the employees’ throats, the more aware these employees become about the political nature of this diktat. Whittaker sent me at least five emails from late September through early October, sent from various divisions of the Siemens USA arm, that pretty much say in so many couched words, get jabbed, or get fired.
It chafes, and with all the attention given to airline employees, Whittaker wanted it to be made known how it is affecting other industries.
Whittaker also noted that this resistance crosses racial lines—it’s not a “white” thing. Frankly, it never has been. The Barclays protest in New York City on Monday clearly shows that this reaches beyond Trump supporters and BLM, to anyone who values their bodily autonomy and individual liberties.
MAGA and BLM at Barclays for anti-vaccine mandate protestpic.twitter.com/CGadvfxEPf
— Ṁ (@mbs_ctt) October 24, 2021
Will the media pay attention and actually begin reporting the accurate and full stories of discrimination and disenfranchisement? This remains to be seen.