Chapter 13: Making A Killing Off Gas Sales

Zyklon B - "Cyclone B" in German - was the name of the gas that the Nazi's used to kill off scapegoats not lucky enough to be selected for death labor. Zyklon B was sold by Degesch, a company owned (mostly) by I.G. Farben. Degesch profits "doubled" as a result of its Zyklon B sales - they even saved money removing the now-superfluous "warning odor." (56) Various I.G. gasses were tested on Auschwitz prisoners. (57) Various I.G. pharmaceuticals were, too. (58)

Most died from the experiments themselves - others were eliminated due to concerns of a proprietary nature. One of the SS doctors at Auschwitz, Dr. Helmut Vetter, a longtime Bayer employee, was involved in the testing of Bayer experimental vaccines and medicines on inmates. He was later executed for giving inmates fatal injections. (59)

Woman at Auschwitz

Bayer would constantly send "new preparations" to try out on prisoners, and argue over the cost of Ukrainian women as if they were lab mice. (60) This was not the beginning - and unfortunately not the end - of Bayer's very profitable bio-weapons department ... more on that below.

One final note on gas. According to author William Cooper;

In the early 1940s, the I.G. Farben Chemical Company employed a Polish salesman who sold cyanide to the Nazis for use in Auschwitz. The same salesman also worked as a chemist in the manufacture of the poison gas. This same cyanide gas along with Zyklon B and malathion was used to exterminate millions of Jews and other groups. ... After the war the salesman, fearing for his life, joined the Catholic Church and was ordained a priest in 1946. ... The salesman was ordained Poland's youngest bishop in 1958. After a 30-day reign his predecessor was assassinated and our ex-cyanide gas salesman assumed the papacy as Pope John Paul II. (61)

Pope John Paul II in '38

This information is repeated by various other sources. Solvay is mentioned in the Pope's biography on the Vatican's own website. (62)

(56) "The Crime and Punishment of IG Farben" pp. 155-156

(57) ibid, p. 167

(58) Astor, Gerald, "The 'Last' Nazi - The Life and Times of Dr. Joseph Mengele," 1985, Paper Jacks LTD, p. 120

(59) Ross, Brian, "Headaches for Bayer - Auschwitz Survivor Says Pharmaceutical Giant Aided Nazis" ( - See also:

(60) "Bayer Buys Berkeley," Jenny Miller, Z Magazine, January 1992, pp. 22-23

(61) William Cooper, "Behold a Pale Horse," 1991, Light Technology Publishing, p. 89-90

(62) - "Pope Once Slaved for Vatican Aide's Firm," SF Chronicle, 1/12/83. - - - - "It is worth noting that in his youth J.P. II was, according to the official version, once a slave laborer for I.G. Solvay, a Farben subsidiary specializing primarily in pharmaceuticals. He is supposed to have labored in the Solvay quarries near Auschwitz."


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