IKEA founder's Nazi past revealed in new book

August 24, 2011 11:28

The founder of the Sweden-based worldwide chain of furniture stores, IKEA, was identified as a Nazi by the Swedish Security Service during WWII, a new book reveals, according to the Stockholm News website.

Och i Wienerwald står träden kvar (And in Wienerwald the Trees Remain) by the author Elisabeth Åsbrink tells of how Ingvar Kamprad, a global business leader and one of the richest men in the world, had a personal file set up with Swedish intelligence when he was 17-years-old in the Swedish province of Småland.

The book describes how Kamprad's contacts with the far-right New Swedish Movement and their leader Per Engdahl continued long after the conclusion of WWII, even when the full extent of the Holocaust became known to the world.

Engdahl was a guest at Kamprad’s wedding in 1950 and Kamprad wrote in a letter to Engdahl about his pride in being "part of the New Swedish circle."

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