There is a popular misconception that Hugo Boss designed the SS uniforms. This is not true, the uniforms were designed by the artist and senior SS officer called Karl Diebitsch, in cooperation with a graphic designer called Walter Heck. The uniforms were based on older uniforms with a few alterations.
However it was Hugo Boss who got the lucrative order to produce the uniforms. He had been a member of the Nazi party since 1931.
By 1933, he could advertise the fact that he made clothes not only for the SS, but also for the Hitler Youth and the SA.His relationship with the Nazis made him a very wealthy man.
During the war it was difficult to find employees so he decided to start using forced labour, it is estimated that he used 140 Polish and 40 French forced laborers.
Even though Boss’s factory wasn’t part of a concentration camp,and his…
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