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Nazi past followed Ikea founder to his death
Economy
Published in 30-1-2018
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In 1943, Ingvar Kamprad was a 17-year-old budding entrepreneur selling udder balm, picture frames and other small-town wares from his home in rural Sweden. That year, he founded a mail-order company called Ikea, initials taken after his name and that of his family's farm. His first employee was his close friend Otto Ullmann, an Austrian Jew about his age whose parents had sent him to Sweden to escape the Nazi takeover in their home country. Kamprad and Ullmann's camaraderie was an unlikely one. Around the same time he started Ikea, Kamprad joined Sweden's fascist movement.
Reference: www.chron.com