New markets - business activities in occupied Europe

The occupying regimes set up by Germany differed fundamentally in the various occupied countries and regions of Europe, whereas in Western Europe German rule was at least to some extent "civilized", barbaric tyranny was largely the order of the day in the East.

Title page of Allianz Zeitung at the outbreak of war, 1939 showing occupied Poland

The nature of the occupation policy and the ideological attitude toward the subjugated peoples also influenced the work of the insurance companies operating locally. Whereas in the occupied countries of the West Allianz tended to exercise restraint, in Eastern Europe it was a different matter.

In the Polish territories of Upper Silesia, Poznan and Gdansk that were annexed by Germany Polish and British insurance policies were transferred to German companies (among them also Allianz) for the fiduciary administration.

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