WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- One of the richest families in Germany will donate $11 million to charity as a way of coming to terms with a disturbing past.
- The family owns the company that controls stakes in Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Panera Bread and Keurig Dr. Pepper, among others.
- The German family will donate the money after learning that their ancestors were Adolf Hitler supporters and extensively used forced labor.
The billionaire German family that owns the company controlling Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Panera Bread and Keurig Dr. Pepper will give a donation of $11 million to charity. The good deed came after the family learned that their ancestors are avid supporters of Adolf Hitler and used forced laborers under the Nazis.
The German newspaper the Bild reported that Albert Reimann Sr. and his son Albert Reimann Jr., donated to Hitler’s SS and forced Russian civilians and French prisoners of war into labor.
Peter Harf, the spokesman for the Reimann family, said the Bild’s report was accurate. In fact, the Reimann children and grandchildren had commissioned investigators to do research about their past.
Harf is also the chairman and managing partner of the Reimann’s JAB Holding Co.
“It is all correct,” he commented to the Bild. “Reimann senior and Reimann junior were guilty.”
Reimann senior died in 1954 and his son in 1984. They did not share about the family’s history with the Nazis.
“We were all ashamed and turned as white as the wall,” Harf said, in comments translated into English. “There is nothing to gloss over. These crimes are disgusting.”
Currently, JAB Holding has made a name in the food business. It acquired ready-to-eat food chain Pret A Manger in May 2018. For months before that, it merged Dr. Pepper Snapple Group with Keurig Green Mountain, thus the birth of Keurig Dr. Pepper in January 2018.
Panera Bread was acquired by the company in 2017 and in 2016, Krispy Kreme was acquired plus controlling stakes in Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Caribou Coffee Company and Einstein Noah Restaurant Group.
According to Harf, the 10 million euros (US $11.3 million) will be donated to a still to be determined charity, and the historian’s report will be released to the public.
Source: USA Today