Research is all there for the reading.
Only after Jews were identified -- a massive and complex task that Hitler wanted done immediately -- could they be targeted for efficient asset confiscation, ghettoization, deportation, enslaved labor, and, ultimately, annihilation. It was a cross-tabulation and organizational challenge so monumental, it called for a computer. Of course, in the 1930s no computer existed.
But IBM's Hollerith punch card technology did exist. Aided by the company's custom-designed and constantly updated Hollerith systems, Hitler was able to automate his persecution of the Jews. Historians have always been amazed at the speed and accuracy with which the Nazis were able to identify and locate European Jewry. Until now, the pieces of this puzzle have never been fully assembled. The fact is, IBM technology was used to organize nearly everything in Germany and then Nazi Europe, from the identification of the Jews in censuses, registrations, and ancestral tracing programs to the running of railroads and organizing of concentration camp slave labor.
IBM and its German subsidiary custom-designed complex solutions, one by one, anticipating the Reich's needs. They did not merely sell the machines and walk away. Instead, IBM leased these machines for high fees and became the sole source of the billions of punch cards Hitler needed.
IBM's Hollerith punch card IBM's subsidiary, Dehomag in Berlin, Germany
Today's Identification brought to you by IBM and Verichip:
VeriChip Corporation's VeriMed(TM) Medical Solution Is Now Integrated Into the Hospital Demonstration Area of the IBM Solutions Experience Lab Located in Austin, Texas
DELRAY BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 8, 2005--VeriChip Corporation, a subsidiary of Applied Digital (NASDAQ: ADSX), a leading provider of identification and security technology, announced today that its implantable RFID healthcare system, VeriMed(TM), is now a component of the Hospital demonstration area of the IBM Solutions Experience Lab located in Austin, Texas. The IBM Solutions Experience Lab conducts approximately 260 tours annually for corporations and government agencies wishing to see demonstrations of functional, integrated hardware and software solutions for specific market sectors. The Hospital area demonstrates currently available technologies compatible with IBM healthcare solutions that provide integrated, state-of-the-art capabilities in the healthcare environment.
The Hospital demonstration area illustrates the potential of VeriMed to enhance the IBM Aligned Clinical Environment Solution. This is an integrated solution designed to connect disparate healthcare information sources while also reducing costs. The solution enables data collection and manages integration and analysis of patient information. VeriChip Corporation Chief Executive Officer Kevin McLaughlin noted, "When integrated with IBM's Aligned Clinical Environment Solutions and systems provided by other IBM healthcare business partners, the VeriMed implantable RFID microchip and its related infrastructure provides the 'front-end' that practitioners need for automated, secure, accurate and rapid access to vital clinical information."
About VeriChip - "The First RFID Company for People" VeriChip is a subsidiary of Applied Digital and the only company to provide both implantable and wearable RFID identification and security solutions for people, their assets, and their environments. From the world's first and only FDA-cleared, human-implantable RFID microchip to the only patented active RFID tag with skin-sensing capabilities, VeriChip leads the way in next-generation RFID technologies. Today, over 4,000 installations worldwide in healthcare, security, industrial, and government markets benefit from both the protection and efficiencies provided by VeriChip systems. For more information on VeriChip, please visit www.verichipcorp.com.
About Applied Digital - "The Power of Identification Technology" Applied Digital develops innovative identification and security products for consumer, commercial, and government sectors worldwide.
The Company's unique and often proprietary products provide identification and security systems for people, animals, the food supply, government/military arena, and commercial assets. Included in this diversified product line are RFID applications, end-to-end food safety systems, GPS/Satellite communications, and telecomm and security infrastructure, positioning Applied Digital as the leader in identification technology. Applied Digital is the owner of a majority position in Digital Angel Corporation (AMEX: DOC).
Statements about the Company's future expectations, including future revenues and earnings, and all other statements in this press release other than historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and as that term is defined in the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change at any time, and the Company's actual results could differ materially from expected results. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequently occurring events or circumstances.
Contact: CEOcast, Inc. Investors: Ken Sgro, 212-732-4300 Direct Communications Group Media: John O. Procter, 202-772-2179
Source: VeriChip Corporation
True but misleading. IBM almost always leased, almost never sold, its tabulators. It also was the only possible source of punch cards. This wasn't something special for Hitler, it was IBM's general practice.
Does anyone remember the last census and how bent out of shape we all were because it was so invasive? I wonder what the next one will be like. Do you know who was the only ‘government’ rep to bother to stand up and say something about it?
HUNTER INTRODUCES CENSUS REFORM BILL
Washington, D.C. Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-52) introduced legislation in the House of Representatives today that will reform the census-taking procedure to become less invasive. Currently, the U.S. Census Bureau utilizes two types of questionnaires as a means of collecting information for their decennial count, a “short form” consisting of seven questions, and a “long form” consisting of 52 questions. Many have complained about the intrusiveness of the questions contained in the long form which is sent to approximately one in every six households.
“I have been contacted by many people who feel their privacy is being violated with the questions contained in the long form version,” said Hunter. “I have not heard one good explanation as to why the federal government needs to know how many bathrooms you have in your home, or what time you leave for work.”
Congressman Hunter’s legislation, the Common Sense Census Act of 2000, will require people to answer only the seven standardized questions contained in both the short and long form. Providing any additional information would become optional. The legislation also removes the $100 per question penalty for refusing to answer any non-standardized questions.
“This legislation will bring common sense back to the census process by returning it to its original purpose, to count,” stated Hunter. “If people would like to provide additional information, they can do so, but they shouldn’t be forced to pay a penalty if they don’t feel comfortable answering some of the questions.”