I’m not quite sure what the setup is in other cities, but in order to get to the IKEA in Brooklyn, you have to take sixteen buses, jump over a wall, swing from one vine to another, then take a raft over the River Styx, all just to buy an inexpensive book shelf that is supposedly easy to put together. So I’d like to go ahead and thank Swedish journalist Elisabeth Asbrink, for coming forth with evidence that IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad was a bigger fan of the Nazis than previously thought.
According to The Faster Times:
In Kamprad’s 1988 autobiography, which must be a thrilling read, he explains that he was good friends with Per Engdahl, a well-known Swedish fascist activist and one of the leaders of the New Swedish Movement from 1942-1945. He also manages to make it seem as though these ties were not a large part of his life and that the friendship was cleanly severed once he came to his senses. Asbrink begs to differ, stating that she found files from the Swedish intelligence unit that inferred Kamprad had “some sort of official position within” the SSS. She even goes on to allege that a police file was established on Kamprad when he was only 17 years old in 1943, the same year he founded IKEA.
So there you have it. The next time your significant other wants to go all the way out to bumblefuck to pick up a kitchen set with a name that sounds like something the Swedish Chef would say after a three day drinking binge, you can say to them, “I don’t want to go. I don’t support Nazis!”