Ernst Jung: Opportunist & Philanthropist


The Jung Foundation plans to provide a total of 1,000,000 euros in funding to the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial and Doctors Without Borders to support research into medical history and help people in need.

These donations fall within the context of an independent scientific study commissioned by the foundation concerning its founder Ernst Jung and his companies during the period of National Socialism. The study estimates that a total of 200 to 250 forced labourers were stationed in Jung's factories between 1939 and 1945. In summary, the study paints an ambivalent picture of Ernst Jung as an opportunist of National Socialism on the one hand and as a later philanthropist on the other.

In response, the Jung Foundation has adopted comprehensive measures to face up to Ernst Jung's history, assume responsibility, contribute to further investigation of the period of National Socialism and raise awareness.


You can find the press release with measures here.

You can find more on the history of Ernst Jung here.

You can find a summary of the study of Dr Peter Zolling here.

You can request the complete study here. For this purpose, only a registration by name is necessary.