Swiss court ruling opens door for historic Gypsy suit against IBM
February 2, 2005
A European Gypsy group suing IBM for conspiracy to commit genocide has prevailed in its efforts to secure jurisdiction in Switzerland, charging that the company consciously coordinated its punch-card automation for the Nazis out of its European headquarters in Geneva.
In the concentration camps, IBM’s code for Jews was 8 and its code for Gypsies was 12. General executions were IBM-coded as 4, death by gas chamber as 6. The Nazis used these codes to manage and track their prisoners efficiently.