25-year-old German cookie heiress apologizes for downplaying family history with Nazi forced labor on grounds that ‘we treated them well’
- Verena Bahlsen, a 25-year-old heiress of Germany’s Bahlsen cookie company, defended her family’s history of using 200 forced laborers under Nazi rule.
- “We paid the forced laborers exactly as much as German workers and we treated them well,” she said in comments published by Bild newspaper on Tuesday.
- She also told a marketing conference last week that she was a “capitalist” and “I want to buy a sailing yacht.”
- She has since apologized for her “thoughtless responses” and said she didn’t mean to “downplay national socialism or its consequences.”
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The 25-year-old heiress of a German cookie empire