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Father of Koch Brothers Built 15 Oil Refineries for Josef Stalin During His Purges in 1930s: That Money Built the Koch Empire

The Elder Koch Built an Oil Refinery for Adolf Hitler: The Money Was Used to Build the Koch Political Empire 

Soul of a Koch.
(Illustration by Ronald David Jackson)

The father of billionaires Charles and David Koch helped the Nazis build a major oil refinery, according to a new book about the rise of wealthy and influential conservative activists.

Author Jane Mayer describes in “Dark Money” how rich donors such as the Koch brothers, Richard Mellon Scaife and Harry and Lynde Bradley have steered modern conservatism through their considerable campaign contributions, reported the New York Times.

Fred Koch, whose sons wield great influence in the current Republican Party, made a fortune overseas in the years before World War II, the author writes.

The American Nazi sympathizer William Rhodes Davis hired the elder Koch to build the third-largest oil refinery in the Third Reich that served as “a critical industrial cog in Hitler’s war machine,” the newspaper reported.

The oil refinery was approved by Adolph Hitler himself — but that’s not the only candidate for history’s greatest monster with whom Fred Koch did business.

The elder Koch, a founding member of the anti-communist John Birch Society, also built 15 oil refineries in the Soviet Union during Josef Stalin’s purges in the 1930s.

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