Harry Oppenheimer was an assimilated Jew, whatever that might mean. That is what the Wikipedia tells us. He did however have a bar mitzvah and personally directed that Israel receive the necessary diamond raw products from De Beers in order to establish itself as one of the world's diamond polishing and exporting countries. He was also extremely generous to the official philanthropies of the State of Israel. He was a de facto Zionist.
He financed the anti-Apartheid Progressive Federal Party which implies that he was cunning enough to join the winning side early enough to win favour and get away with carrying on business, that is exploiting blacks thereafter. In fact Harry was a major manipulator. The Diamond Invention, in particular Chapter 2 tells us more about him. When someone is the biggest source of money for a country it would be madness to upset him, the goose that lays the golden eggs.
He authorized the flow of diamonds to Israel's important diamond-sorting and diamond-cutting industry.
Harry Oppenheimer was the chairman of Anglo American Corporation for a quarter of a century and chairman of De Beers Consolidated Mines for 27 years until he retired from those positions in 1982 and 1984 respectively. His son Nicky Oppenheimer became Deputy Chairman of Anglo in 1983 and Chairman of De Beers in 1998.......
He also spent some time as the Member of Parliament for Kimberley (1948 to 1957) and became the opposition spokesman on economics, finance and constitutional affairs. His opposition to apartheid was well known as were his philanthropy and business acumen.
He was also extremely generous to the official philanthropies of the State of Israel. He personally directed that Israel receive the necessary diamond raw products from De Beers in order to establish itself as one of the world's diamond polishing and exporting countries.
The Diamond Invention Chapter 12
Confirms that he was always against Apartheid - except in Israel(?). It explains his monopoly control set up.
It is entirely likely that he had dealings with Joe Slovo, a communist subversive and Jew; colluding with him when Slovo was running Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military side of the ANC and the South African Communist Party. Slovo would have found finance useful. Oppenheimer would have liked assurances regarding his business not taken over or stolen. It worked. His business carried on. Backing both sides of a competition are a good approach to winning.
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