Hitler Drove a VW Then, Xi Drives One Now

VW has a long history of using slave labor

Alyson Chadwick
5 min readJun 5, 2024

People belonging to ethnic, cultural, and religious groups in northwestern China, including Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and Hui, are currently the target of the largest organized detention of an ethno-religious minority the world has seen since World War II. Since 2017, over one million have been detained and forced to work under constant surveillance. According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), as many as 28 million people are victims of this system and the U.S. has determined that China’s treatment of the Uyghurs is genocide.

China treats Uyghues and others in the Xinjiang region of that country as less than human. Not to be redundant but they are subjected to forced disappearances and labor, yes but also forced sterilization and organ harvesting, too.

The VW connection

In a shocking report, Driving Force; Automotive Supply Chains and Forced Labor in the Uyghur Region, Sheffield Hallam University exposes the global auto industry’s complicity in the exploitation of millions of Uyghurs in China. Car tires, windows, the frame, axles, interiors, electronics, and even the hood decal are all made by Uyghur forced labor.

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Alyson Chadwick

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