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Recently, the IBM computer company has been receiving bad press due to both a newly published book and a lawsuit which claim that IBM aided the German Nazi party in World War II. According to both IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation by Edwin Black and a lawsuit filed by five holocaust victims, the Nazis used IBM tabulating machinery to help identify and persecute the Jews. The lawsuit focuses on IBM's responsibility in the Holocaust. Suzette M. Malveaux, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, explained, "We know that IBM equipment and expertise was used in concentration camps and that IBM knew this." Edwin Black, the author of IBM and the Holocaust, also identifies IBM as the Nazis' database equipment supplier, but he writes that IBM aided the Germans not because the company was sympathetic to Nazi policies, but because the company was simply trying to get ahead in the global market.
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