Did Mercedes Make Crematoriums for the Nazis?

1938 Daimler-Benz ad for the Nazi party.

When I was a kid, our family lived near a quiet old man named Mr. Kravitz. He owned a dry cleaning business and his pride and joy was his dark blue Mercedes with a personalized plate reading “L’ Chaim” (Hebrew for “to life”). This was a personal affront to my father.

“How dare he put those words on his car. To Life? How about To Death. Doesn’t he know Mercedes built ovens for Hitler?”

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Loren Kantor

Loren Kantor

Loren is a writer and woodcut artist based in Los Angeles. He teaches printmaking and creative writing to kids and adults.