Study shows Aldi, VW used East German prison labour
BERLIN (REUTERS) - Leading German firms including supermarket chain Aldi and carmaker Volkswagen stocked goods or used components made by forced labour in former Communist East Germany, a study has found, although both firms insist they did so unwittingly.
Research by the federal authority responsible for managing the archives of East Germany's Stasi secret police (BStU) uncovered a far broader use of prison labour during the 1970s and 1980s by Western firms than previously acknowledged.
The study could eventually help victims seek compensation.
In 2012 Swedish furniture giant Ikea apologised for using forced labour to make some of its furniture.