Ernst Jung: Opportunist & Philanthropist


With funding totalling 777,000 euros, the Jung Foundation for Science and Research is supporting the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).


  • With 477,000 euros, the Jung Foundation is funding research projects and preparatory work for the planned new permanent exhibition at the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial "The Medical Department of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp – Medicine in the Concentration Camp and Aftermath".
  • With 300,000 euros, the Jung Foundation is supporting Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the implementation of its clinical study "endTB-Q" with the aim of improving the treatment of people in emergency situations that suffer from drug-resistant tuberculosis


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 and the update 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.