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NSA: Hitler did have early computer access

Re: “Why so willing to give up freedoms?” (letter, 6-14).

The writer asks, “What would Hitler’s SS have done with a computing program . . . ” I’d like to call his attention to the book by Edwin Black, “IBM and the Holocaust” (Three Rivers Press, 2001). The book documents IBM’s contribution to the Nazis with its Dehomag Hollerith machine, an original punch-card capability used to find and isolate the Jewish populations of Europe. The machine was leased, not sold, to Germany.

Black is the son of Polish survivors of the Holocaust. He put a lot of research into

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