Nazi Nexus

Hailey Taylor

About the Author

Edwin Black, an American Journalist whose writing specializes in human rights, historical mesh between economics and politics in the Middle East, and the financial support of the Nazi's in Germany. Black is the child of Polish Jews who survived the Holocaust. His mother is named Ethel Katz, she was barely survived the Holocaust as a thirteen year old girl. She was shot by a militia man and left in a ditch, when later on pulled into safety. Blacks father escaped the Holocaust by running away on the way to a "shooting pit", he hid in the Polish woods for two years. Black followed the beliefs of his parents, a supporter of State of Israel. The start of Black's career began in high school as a professional journalist, he continued this hobby that turned into a career after graduating college where he developed his technique. In 1970, he founded of an investigative magazine: The Chicago Monthly. After five years of research and interviews he published his first controversial book in 1984, The Transfer Agreement. In the 1990's he served as a co-editor for OS/2 Professional magazine. He put together a team of one hundred people: investigators, translators, and assistants to collect primary resources written in German, French, and Polish. His topics on Nazi's make his books bestselling; he has wrote on the oil dependence, history of Iraq, and alternative energy. He has recently started a show that enhances politics and human rights, this is aired on the IBC-TV internet channel called "Edwin Black Show."

Discussion of Research

Black's usage of research essentially uses primary resource to back his information. He refers back to his books that he wrote himself and the information he found during the building and research of those books. His books he predominately uses to cite this book is, War Against the Weak,The Transfer Agreement, IBM, and The Holocaust. In the Third chapter he goes into more depth and extends his research. He has an investigation, different complex documents from Universities, National Archive repositories, and confidential FBI files. He did use secondary resource's which were other books from different authors to help support his argument. His research in each chapter changes depending on the subject he is explaining the different uses of American figures throughout the Holocaust. This is sufficient for the readers because it flows better with the research.


The synthesis of Blacks books and different excerpts from Universities and Museums create an upbeat but understandable flow throughout the book. He begins by talking about talking about Ford and his works in the Holocaust, Jew Hatred, and Political Racism. Then, he flows to Carnegie and his oil distribution, then to the Eugenics and making of the scientific humans, then the Master Race by making everyone look and act the same. Next, Rockefeller and his money contribution, Mengele and his science background, and again Eugenics. Then, GM (general motors) and their help with the building of cars and tanks to help the Nazi's and the Motorization of the Reich with his contributions with work with GM. Finally, how IBM organizes the Holocaust with their motorization and skills to build different types of building and surroundings to benefit the Nazi's. He flows these evenly and groups them together by their importance and use during the Holocaust. This helps the reader understand the topics better by having more details with the other corporations.

Ethos, Pathos, Logos


Black establish's ethos throughout the book with his reliable resources and structure/flow of the book. He provides the readers with resourceful arguments that make him more trustable. Using his other books as he research and being a journalist in high school, and a advocate for this topic credits his credibility.


The use of pathos is built by Black's research of the corporations and their benefits. The role of General Motors with the petroleum and the millions of dollars donated by Rockefeller Foundation builds the scheme of the investigation for all American citizens. Could "our people" really help Hitler? He explains this through the rising climax with the examples listed above. This helps the argument of the readers and for them to think... "could this be a valid statement?"


To understand the investigation Black uses his resources such as his book and other resources such as FBI top cases and excerpts from different Museums and Universities. These credible resources provide both sides of the investigation. Appealing to their emotions by pulling them in he gives examples of the jews that are suffering these consequences.


Speaker- The speaker of the book is Edwin Black. He is a writer of several different books all containing topics about the Holocaust. Throughout the book he explains the usage of American sources and minds through the Holocaust, and how the help the master mind of them all Hitler.
Occasion- The occasion is after the Holocaust when the word slips from different investigation and research through the FBI. But during the book Black discusses how Carnegie, Ford, Rockefeller Foundation, IBM, and many other companies that supported this ordeal.
Audience- The audience can be anyone who wants to be this book. But primarily people who will be interested in the Holocaust and the use of American connections through famous corporations.
Purpose- Nazi Nexus was written to inform people that the Holocaust was not all of Hitlers fault, he had many known businesses such as IBM and other's to help the rise of Hitler. Many of the activities of these corporation continued through the war. It explains how the Rockefeller Foundation gives millions of dollars to the German institutions devoted to genetics, this served as racism as they were trying to scientifically build humans.
Subject- The subject of this book is to inform and explain the corporation usage during the Holocaust.
Tone- Edwin Black's tone throughout the book is formal. He gives you an images of different scenes throughout the Holocaust that gives you chills to think about. How Americans contributed money and their knowledge to kill other's who are innocent.

DIDLS- page 14- beginning

Diction- Throughout this expert Black's formal writing makes the excerpt a little harder to read and comprehend. He uses words that are easy to read but sometimes misunderstood, maybe some of the readers might not know what the word means. His concrete writing better helps the reader understanding the big picture. The use of "I" or "we" or contractions are not used because the situation is not focused on him.
Images- Using very little imagery words in this excerpt I come up with a image myself. I see a corporation working hard to suit Ford's needs and helping contribute to the war, this image in my mind of a big factory with people working and their boss screaming, this is a hurtful image knowing that Americans were contributing to Hitlers plans
Details- The author has specifically pointed out that it is "Ford" and that Hitler is making a profit from his corporation that many do not know is taking place. That Ford's pre-game works were just waiting to be distributed. He gives many examples to help the reader understand the slight things that are important.
Language- His language through this excerpt is contrasting. He has many words that I know but some that some people may stumble upon when reading through the book. This makes the excerpt more complex but still easy enough were the reader can still fluidly understand.
Syntax- Sentence are in subject-verb order to help the reader understand. Sentences are varied some long and some short, the beginning are compound-complex and they get shorter as the paragraph proceeds,
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DIDLS- page 88- Middle

Diction- Black still uses formal writing to keep the readers attention and express the importance of the situation. It explains hitlers thoughts in ideas in a concrete tones. Since he is explaining Hitlers uses of the special breeding facilities so no uses of "I" or "we." Also, since it is a formal writing no contractions are used during the excerpt. This topics better help the understanding of the advancement of the Nazi's and Hitler.
Images-The imagery that pops into my head would be a actually running race, super men and woman also come to mind when reading this paragraph, the thought of the genetically breeding different humans was what was set on their minds. This shows the master mind of Hitler and the many different things he can think of with just a little help from Americans.
Details- Black has used mutation and genetic varieties of words to catch the audience's attention to what was happening during this period of research.
Language- The language is mortifying to me because of the things I am exposed to during this paragraph, how they are constructing people medically how Hitler wants them to look. The carelessness of words used to describe Hitlers word is wistful.
Syntax-The sentences are structure easily for this excerpt for the understanding topic. If he would have made these sentences complex many would be stuck and wouldn't understand what was happening.
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DIDLS- page 128- ending

Page 128
Diction- Blacks diction is easily understood. He explains different types of books and does not use manycomplex words because of the book publishing he is explaining. He is just trying to get his ideas, research, and point across of the book titles that is used.
Images- The sensory images are visions of jews by saying "catalogued by numbers and scheduled by precise calculations, were herded into trains..." these simple imagery words are substantial when you have these images in your head.
Details- The author specifically included details of the jews and how they were put into their trains to help the readers better understand and picture the scene.
Language- The use of parallelism to help the flow of the paragraph helps the reader and gets Black's point across easier when listing different types of books.
Syntax- He uses various sentence structures to keep the attention of the readers during this excerpt. He used describing words and different rhetorical devices such as parallelism to benefit the reader.

Rhetorical Devices

Black uses parallelism during majority of the book, "During the twentieth centuries first decades, California's eugenicists included potent, even if little known, race scientist, such as army venereal disease specialist Popenoe, citrus magnate and Polytechnic benefactor Paul Gosney, and Sacramento banker Charles M. Goethe, as well as members of the California State Board of Charities and Corrections and the University of California Board of Regents" (Page 23.)This shows the many different amount of research and importance of the same things listed together. It helps the flow of the readers attention to stay focused, therefore he does his job by making the book more appealing to the readers.

Anaphora is used several times to show emphasis on the beginning "Opel employees were encouraged to maintain membership in the Motor Corps. Furthermore, Opel cars and trucks were loaned without charge to the local storm trooper contingents stationed near company headquarters at Russelshiem, Germany" (Page 105-106) This is expands the informational details in the situation.

Rhetorical Précis

Nazi Nexus (February 16, 2009) is written by Edwin Black, this provocative Investigative Journalism book engages you in a world that we did not know existed through the claim of American figures that expanded Hitler's ideas. The author is convincing the audience/readers that Hitler had help by many famous American leaders to help him throughout the Holocaust. Black's powerful writing wraps around our knowledge and lets us get an inside look in what really happened during the Holocaust rather than the media version. Black is writing to a well educated audience that will particularly have interest in the Holocaust and the background of this devastating event.

My Reactions

Black presents an argument of American Corporations being involved and leading role to help Hitler throughout the Holocaust. Black is successful during his argument with help by his own resources and investigations from the FBI, Universities, and Museums. He describes throughly the process of each corporation and their beneficial use to Hitler. There was not a obvious weakness other than Rhetorical Devices. There was use of parallelism and anaphora frequently. I think it would have been better understandable and having more dry humor with a variety of Rhetorical Devices. The argument trials off as he gets into bigger details of the corporations and not focused on their help throughout the war. I do not disagree, Black convinced me during his writing. Although, I never knew any of these corporations did help the war for the benefit of the war, this was very surprising. Their are not many consequences of people not knowing this who are not interested. At the time I'm sure there was controversial because of the use of Americans money. This argument is of value because knowing that money was used in a bad way during this time period could have upset many people. Now, just learning about the situation is of value because you can see the real sides of these corporations. All they wanted was money.