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World War II military background on Bayer

Company President, Hermann Schmitz, also directed Germany's leading industrial organization I.G. Farben. He was found guilty at Nuremberg trials for running Nazi concentration labor camps. He merely served four years in prison. According to CBS News war correspondent Paul Manning, Schmitz held more shares of Rockefeller Standard Oil Co. stock than the Rockefellers.

Farben's principle partner, the Rockefellers, profited greatly from World War II. A Federal Court judgment cited the Standard Oil Co. as America's “Enemy National,” that is, a “traitor.” Bayer was blacklisted at that time by the U.S. Federal Government.

During the late 1940s, I.G. Farben was “decartelized” by the Allied High Commission led by America's John J. McCloy -a Philadelphia banker and lawyer with intimate ties to Rockefeller oil and banking interests. Farben stockholders received equal shares of Bayer, Hoechst, and BASF stock

During the 1980s, Bayer AG and Baxter Healthcare both marketed blood clotting Factor VIII. Both firms were found guilty of knowingly transmitting the AIDS virus HIV to more than 7,000 American hemophiliacs. Both firms settled out of court for what amounted to economically motivated genocide 1)

Anthrax Panic & CIPRO Profits



Bayer is a member organization of the World Economic Forum.3)


Bayer is part of the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, and Mastercard to “accelerate treatments, vaccines, and diagnostics”.4)

Payments from Bayer

The following is a developing list of individuals and organizations that Bayer has given money to related to the COVID-19 pandemic. People and groups included on this list are relevant due to positions of authority or influence in the crisis, and are of note in considering how Bayer may have manipulated the COVID-19 response through a payment network. Inclusion on this list does not constitute an accusation of wrongdoing without substantiating evidence.

Payments to Individuals

Name Type Amount Description
Menaka Pai Speakers Bureau/Honoraria Unknown Disclosed during a June 2020 presentation to the Ontario Regional Blood Coordinating Network.5)
Bayer. World Economic Forum. Retrieved December 28, 2021, from
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. (2020, March 25). Life Science Companies Commit to the Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic alongside Gates Foundation. Retrieved December 6, 2021, from
Pai, M. (2020, June). Anemia and Heavy Menstrual Bleeding. Ontario Regional Blood Coordinating Network.
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