Actions Speak Louder Than Beliefs

Jesi Taylor
6 min readMay 12, 2020

CW: mention of suicide, death, genocide, Nazis, violence

J.A. Topf & Söhne company ad, 1930s/Stadtverwaltung Erfurt

In his suicide note, Ludwig Topf referred to himself as a “decent person” who was “the opposite of a Nazi.” In case you are not aware, Ludwig Topf ran the family-owned company J.A. Topf & Söhne (or J.A. Topf and Sons), the largest company to design and build ovens and gas chamber exhaust fans for the Nazi’s concentration and extermination camps.

Jesi Taylor

NYC-based philosophy graduate student whose work covers Genocide Studies, Repro + Enviro Justice, Discard Studies, and Political Ecology of Waste. @moontwerk