German family to give millions to charity after discovering ancestors’ Nazi support | World News

One of Germany’s richest families is to give millions of euros to charity after learning about ancestors who enthusiastically supported the Nazis and used forced labour.

Bild newspaper claimed that documents revealed Albert Reimann Sr and Albert Reimann Jr used Russian civilians and French prisoners of war as forced labourers during World War Two.

Family spokesman Peter Harf, who heads the Reimann’s JAB Holding Company, said an internal investigation confirmed the newspaper’s findings.

He said the family never spoke of the Nazi era, but the evidence shows the father and son, who died in 1954 and 1984, “belonged in jail”.

Mr Harf said the heirs plan to publish the research and donate €10m (£8.5 million) to charity.

JAB has controlling stakes in Pret a Manger, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and other businesses.

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