*thanks to reddit poster Ahilexxx for this information*
The Watchtower Society was invested in the German branch of Ford Motor. In 1943, their investment was worth $597,595 ($8,363,677.95 in today's value - over 8 million!).
page 148 of this document:
I am curious as to whether or not the WTS still has investment in Ford Motor. For a 'religion' that collects donations for 'the worldwide work', what the WTS actually does with their money instead of promoting 'the good news' is quite interesting.
I also notice that the WTS appears to be the only 'religion' that was invested in Ford in 1943. The WTS was just another business looking to optimize the money that they collected from gullible parishioners. Mind you, the WTS referred to itself as a business rather than a religion at the time that this investment was made. Religious status didn't get established until after the war.
I am curious...how much money does the WTS really have? Where else has the WTS invested their 'donations'? Does the manufacture of vehicles in Germany during WW2 fall under the category of 'worldwide work'?