Skip to comments.Miami Lawmaker Wants Allianz Ads Pulled From NPR Stations, CNBC (Over Nazi Ties)
Posted on 11/26/2011 12:09:59 PM PST by nickcarraway
A Miami congresswoman is pressuring National Public Radio stations, the cable television network CNBC and others to stop airing sponsorships and advertising by a giant German insurer that collaborated with the Nazis.
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who is pushing legislation that would allow Holocaust survivors to sue Allianz AG, has launched a letter-writing campaign aimed at blocking the insurer from advertising with any U.S. media until it pays off all Holocaust survivors life insurance claims. During World War II, Allianz insured concentration camp facilities and sent money to the Nazis instead of rightful Jewish beneficiaries.
Allianz is no ordinary insurance conglomerate, Ros-Lehtinen recently wrote to the media companies. This company was involved in one of the greatest atrocities in recent history and has gone to great lengths to dodge acceptance of responsibility for its actions.
It is far past time for Allianz to repay its debt to the survivors and families that suffered as a result of the Holocaust, wrote Ros-Lehtinen, the Republican lawmaker who heads the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Her letter campaign has caught the attention of CNBC and American Public Media Group, the Minnesota-based company that distributes Garrison Keillors popular radio program, A Prairie Home Companion, and the business program Marketplace. CNBC and American Public Media officials told The Miami Herald that they are reviewing her request but have not made a decision on Allianzs advertising.
An NPR spokeswoman declined to comment, saying all stations are independent and make their own programming and underwriting decisions.
The congresswomans media campaign is yet another sign of the simmering controversy over reparations to Holocaust victims, following her committee hearing this month on legislation that would allow potentially thousands of survivors with life insurance claims to sue Allianz and other European insurers for damages in U.S. courts.
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Ads on NPR??
Hey, are they STILL aiding the NAZI’s?? I think that’s a good question. Does this Congresswoman also still blame all Germans alive today for it?
Wait, is she a socialist? Why does she oppose German Socialists??
No, she is a Cuban refugee who fled Castro in the 1960s, became a U.S. citizen and then a congresswoman. Nobody has better anti-communist credentials than she does.
(And don't even get me started about "The People's Wagon.")
SIXTY YEARS AGO. Want to hold onto that forever? The Nazis are long since gone, and so are the Allianz folks who did whatever they did. Just polish those grudges, lefties.
I would bet the original Allianz insurance went out of business in May, 1945.
NPR and CNBC helped the Nazis?
NAZI’s in the US at that time were democrats, they held meeting in Madision Square Garden, wore NAZI uniforms, democrats had summer camps that had NAZI flags on the flag poles.
And she should get rid of her BMW or Benz, because they also worked with the NAZI’s...
Lefties? Ros-Lehtinen is a Cuban exile and a Senior Republican congresswoman. She’d probably balk at being labeled a leftie.
Allianz was the largest insurer in pre-WWII Germany. They held life insurance policies for tens of thousands of genocide victims. They’ve never paid many of the beneficiaries of the holocaust victims were killed in concentration camps and they actively collaborated with the Nazis during the was on the confiscation of Jewish property. Corporations, insurers especially, aren’t absolved of their debts just because they’ve skipped out on paying for an extended period of time.
Auto Union was smashed to smithereens by Allied bombing.
They’re back as Audi...
Cab we just get rid of NPR in it’s entirety? Problem solved
I generally like Ileana, but it’s past time to stop blaming the management, employees and shareholders of companies for the actions of people several generations ago. No one can change what happened then. It’s as foolish as reparations.
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who is pushing legislation that would allow Holocaust survivors to sue Allianz AG, has launched a letter-writing campaign aimed at blocking the insurer from advertising with any U.S. media until it pays off all Holocaust survivorsâ life insurance claims. During World War II, Allianz insured concentration camp facilities and sent money to the Nazis instead of rightful Jewish beneficiaries.
We also need to stop blaming FDR for packing the courts, running for and winning the Presidency four times, helping to create the alphabet agencies / nanny state / socialist gov’t...
The Congresswoman is just pandering to Joos in her district.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
Even the article incorrectly refers to the issue as one of reparations. It's one of payment of valid life insurance policies. Though Allianz has paid some, they're one of several European insurers who refuse to open their books to identify policyholders, thus making it impossible for heirs to establish the existance of a policy, presuming they know it exists. Unless, of course, they have the policy.
She's the most senior Republican female member of Congress, I've never heard her called a socialist.
No, same company. Some members of senior management changed, particularly those who also served the Reich. Allianz acknowledges their culpability, the dispute is about what they're prepared to do about it. Which will probably be decided between governments.
I've got a couple of tax-deferred annuities with Allianz.
Actually it's a contractural issue. If you purchase an insurance policy, how long after the purchase, not the insured death, do you suggest absolving the company of paying benefits. The answer in the US is that generally they're never absolved. Like finding great grandmas hundred year old IBM stock certificate. If you're an heir, you'll collect. The company doesn't entirely dispute that, the issue here is whether they should make public or facilitate search of their records for the purpose of identifying policyholders.