The family that owns Krispy Kreme, Panera, and several other chains, has pledged a $5.5 million dollars for Holocaust survivors after learning of its own family’s dark past.
According to CNN, the donation comes after an internal investigation this spring by the Reimann family, which owns the chains, and which revealed the extent of their ancestors’ Nazi ties, including that the family profited from slave labor during the Holocaust.
According to CNN:
“A family spokesperson said Albert Reimann Sr., who died in 1954, and Albert Reimann Jr., who died in 1984, used Russian civilian prisoners and French prisoners of war as forced labor in their factories during World War II and that they were anti-Semites and avowed supporters of Adolf Hitler.”
“A plant run by Reimann Jr. used 200 civilians as forced laborers in 1942, the investigation found.”
According to CNN the family has previously condemned the actions of their ancestors during the Holocaust as “disgusting.”
The money will go to Claims Conference an organization that pursues monetary compensation for Holocaust survivors and victims.
According to CNN, the donation is part of a larger $11 dollar donation, that the Reimann family plans make to Holocaust survivors.
This is what you do when you find out your company has been complicit in crimes against humanity. You don’t sweep it under the rug. You don’t claim it was a long time ago. You don’t try to PR your way out of it. You show regret through actions.https://t.co/8Dcw8Xvz6B
— Cora Harrington (@lingerie_addict) December 12, 2019