25-year-old German cookie heiress apologizes for downplaying family history with Nazi forced labor on grounds that ‘we treated them well’

Verena Bahlsen, a 25-year-old heiress of Germany’s Bahlsen cookie company, defended her family’s history of using 200 forced laborers under Nazi rule. “We paid the forced laborers exactly as much as German workers and we treated them well,” she said in comments published by Bild newspaper on Tuesday. She also told a marketing conference last week that she was a “capitalist” and “I want to buy a sailing yacht.” She has since apologized for

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