These allegations have gotten a lot of press coverage but there has been no alleged ties or the worker abuse. And while no one reasonably expected the claims concerning the living conditions and treatment would turn out to be true, I for one seriously doubted that the security firm actually had ties to Neo-Nazis.
I thought last week that that detail seemed too inflammatory for it not to have leaked out before now, but after a reader posted a link to a photo (thanks, reorg!) and then argued with me about what it meant I changed my mind. Check this out (source):
The photo was taken at a job fair, and the 2 guys on the right are from HESS. Note the black shirts with the company name in red and white in the shoulder flashes. In Germany that's not just a design choice; the color combination of black-red-white are Nazi colors and reference the Nazi flag (or at the very least it can be viewed that way). When you combine that photo with the company's name, which is an acronym (Hensel European Security Services) and could be a reference to the infamous Nazi Rudolph Hess, I have to wonder that there could be some truth to the allegation.
But in all honesty this is just one photo and just the company name. The evidence is still insufficient to prove a connection. And HESS denied the connection last week, further muddying the waters.
In any case, that firm is no longer working with Amazon.