Dark Money review: Nazi oil, the Koch brothers and a rightwing revolution - 2016-01-17

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F345.png Dark Money review: Nazi oil, the Koch brothers and a rightwing revolution January 17, 2016, Charles Kaiser, The Guardian

The father of these famous rightwing billionaires was Fred Koch, who started his fortune with $500,000 received from Stalin for his assistance constructing 15 oil refineries in the Soviet Union in the 1930s. A couple of years later, his company, Winkler-Koch, helped the Nazis complete their third-largest oil refinery. The facility produced hundreds of thousands of gallons of high-octane fuel for the Luftwaffe, until it was destroyed by Allied bombs in 1944.

In 1938, the patriarch wrote that "the only sound countries in the world are Germany, Italy and Japan". To make sure his children got the right ideas, he hired a German nanny. The nanny was such a fervent Nazi that when France fell in 1940, she resigned and returned to Germany. After that, Fred became the main disciplinarian, whipping his children with belts and tree branches.

These are just a handful of the many bombshells exploded in the pages of Dark Money, Jane Mayer's indispensable new history "of the billionaires behind the rise of the radical right" in the US.

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{{cite news | author = Charles Kaiser | title = Dark Money review: Nazi oil, the Koch brothers and a rightwing revolution | url = https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jan/17/dark-money-review-nazi-oil-the-koch-brothers-and-a-rightwing-revolution | work = The Guardian | date = January 17, 2016 | accessdate = March 18, 2022 }}