One of Germany's wealthiest families, whose company owns a controlling interest in Panera Bread, Pret a Manger, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and other well-known businesses, plans to donate millions to charity after learning about their ancestors' enthusiastic support of Adolf Hitler and use of forced labourers under the Nazis, according to a report Sunday 24th March.
In a four-page report, the Bild newspaper reported that documents uncovered in Germany, France and the US reveal that Albert Reimann Sr and Albert Reimann Jr used Russian civilians and French prisoners of war as forced labourers, AP reported.
Family spokesman Peter Harf, who is one of two managing partners of the Reimann's JAB Holding Company, said recent internal research confirmed Bild's findings.
"It is all correct," he told the newspaper. "Reimann senior and Reimann junior were guilty ... they belonged in jail."
Harf says the heirs plan to publish the research and donate €10 million ($11.3 million) to charity.
The father and son, who died in 1954 and 1984, did not talk about the Nazi era and the family had thought that all of the company's connection to the Nazis had been revealed in a 1978 report, Harf said.