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Goebbels-Quandt family top Germany's rich list
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Joseph Goebbels' Inlaws are Germany's Richest Family

By OLLIE GILLMAN /January 20th, 2015no responses

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Also see: Quandt Family Archive
Family dynasty behind BMW admits to using 50,000 slave labourers during Nazi era
  • Magda Goebbels' descendants own a 46.7 per cent stake in BMW
  • Her son from a previous marriage, Harald Quandt, inherited a huge fortune
  • German family are now the richest in Germany, overtaking Aldi's owners
  • Harald was the only of Magda Goebbels' children to survive World War II
  • She and Goebbels murdered her other six children before killing themselves
[Image: 220px-Bundesarchiv_Bild_183-B03534_G%C3%...BChrer.jpg]Günther Quandt (28 July 1881 30 December 1954) was a German industrialist and Nazi who founded an industrial empire that today includes BMW and Altana (chemicals).

Descendants of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels' wife have become the richest family in Germany.

Magda Goebbels, who was one of the most influential women in the Nazi regime, married Hitler's close ally in 1931. The children of Harald Quandt, her son from a previous marriage, have just seen their family reach a combined net worth of about £24.5billion.
The Quandts, who hold a 46.7 per cent stake in German car manufacturers BMW, have now overtaken the founders of supermarket giants Lidl and Aldi, who had topped the nation's rich list for the last decade, according to Manager magazine.
Magda Goebbels married Günther Quandt in 1921, three years after is wife died, leaving him a widower with two sons, Hellmut and Herbert. The newlyweds had a son soon afterwards, naming him Harald.
Magda left Günther Quandt in 1929, marrying Goebbels two years later. Hitler was his best man.
Harald lived with his mother and the Nazi minister until he joined the German army in 1939. He was in a British Prisoner of War camp in Libya when his mother's farewell letter from Hitler's Berlin bunker arrived.


Joseph Goebbels was one of the most important and influential people in Nazi Germany.
Hitler put him in charge of the party's propaganda machine in 1929 and he played a key role in implementing the dictator's agenda.
His limp and sharp tongue earned him the nickname among some as the Poison Dwarf'.
He organised attacks against Jews, banned them from the world of the arts and media, censored the news and supported Nazi propaganda films.
As WWII turned in favour of the Allies, he increased his propaganda in order to convince the German people of the idea of total war' and mobilisation.
Goebbels killed himself and his wife, and their six biological children with cyanide capsules the day after Hitler committed suicide in 1945.

Many of Quandt family stay out of the public eye, but Johanna Quandt, Stefan Quandt and Susanne Klatten, major shareholders in BMW, are often seen at social gatherings

She wrote to Harald: It's likely that you'll be the only one to remain who can continue the tradition of our family.'
Shortly after writing the letter, Magda and Goebbels murdered their six children and killed themselves as Soviet forces closed in on the bunker.


  • [*=left]Quandt family. BMW shareholders. £24.5billion.
    [*=left]Karl Albrecht and Heister families. Owners of Aldi Sued. £14.4billion.
    [*=left]Schaeffler family. Ball bearing manufacturers. £13.9billion.
    [*=left]Theo Albrecht Jr. Owner of Aldi Nord. £13billion.
    [*=left]Dieter Schwarz. Owner of Lidl. £11.4billion.

Harald and his half-brother Herbert later inherited the Quandt fortune, built up by producing rifles and missiles for the Nazis, the Times reported.
Herbert saved BMW from collapsing in the 1960s after backing new car models, and the huge success of the company since has seen the Quandts gradually climb the German rich list.
Harald died in a plane crash in Italy in 1967 and Herbert died in 1982.
The daughters of Harald Quandt, Coleen-Bettina Rosenblat-Mo, 51, Anette-Angelika May Thies, 59, Gabriele Quandt, 61, and Katarina Geller-Herr, 62, shy away from publicity despite their wealth.
Herbert's widow, Johanna Quandt, 86, and their children, Stefan Quandt and Susanne Klatten, are often seen mingling with fellow shareholders of the car makers.

The story of Quandt's fortune is rather more telling than the foregoing report details. Guenther Quandt was arrested and interned to stand trial at the Nuremberg war crimes trials, but was let off for being a "fellow traveller" and not a Nazi himself. I wonder if Allen Dulles had a hand in that - as he did for other powerful Nazi industrialists?


Revealed: How the Nazis helped German companies Bosch, Mercedes, Deutsche Bank and VW get VERY rich using 300,000 concentration camp slaves

  • List of companies a 'Who's Who' of modern German industrial might
  • Some companies still to come clean with their business dealings

  • Bayer used 20,000 slaves but official history brushes Nazi period
  • Deutsche and others enriched themselves seizing Jewish businesses
PUBLISHED: 14:28, 20 June 2014 | UPDATED: 20:24, 20 June 2014
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The colossal extent of slave labour used by modern-day German blue-chip companies to get rich during the Third Reich has been laid bare by the nation's top business magazine.
WirtschaftsWoche has published a league table illustrating the Nazi past of top German firms like Bosch, Mercedes, Deutsche Bank, VW and many others, which involved the use of almost 300,000 slaves.

The league table follows revelations earlier that Audi, which was known as Auto Union during the Nazi period, was a big exploiter of concentration camp supplied slave labor, using 20,000 concentration camp inmates in its factories.

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Slave labour: Jewish slave workers in striped uniforms work in a Nazi ammunition factory near Dachau concentration camp during World War II. WirtschaftsWoche has published a league table illustrating the Nazi past of top German firms like Bosch, Mercedes, Deutsche Bank, VW and many others, which involved the use of almost 300,000 slaves

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Old and young: The league table follows revelations earlier that Audi, which was known as Auto Union during the Nazi period, was a big exploiter of concentration camp supplied slave labor, using 20,000 concentration camp inmates, such as this young boy, in its factories

Many of the companies listed by WirtschaftsWoche have already had internal reckonings with their Nazi past.
In 2011, the dynasty behind the BMW luxury car marker admitted, after decades of silence, to using slave labour, taking over Jewish firms and doing business with the highest echelons of the Nazi party during World War Two.
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Nazi favourite: Hitler speaks at the opening ceremony of the Volkswagen car factory in Fallersleben, Germany, in 1938. Volkwagen used 12,000 slave labourers under the Nazis

Gabriele Quandt, whose grandfather Guenther employed an estimated 50,000 forced labourers in his arms factories, producing ammunition, rifles, artillery and U-boat batteries, said it was 'wrong' for the family to ignore this chapter of its history.

But BMW were not the only German firm to profit from the sudden influx of slave labour.

Daimler, which owns Mercedes, admitted as far back as 1986 that it had employed 40,000 forced labourers under appalling conditions during the war enabling it to reap massive profits.
Electrical giant Bosch used 20,000 slaves while steelmaker ThyssenKrupp used a staggering 75,000.

VW, builder of the 'People's Car' that morphed postwar in the VW Beetle, e mployed 12,000 slaves in the most terrible of conditions at its plant in Wolfsburg. The chemical and pharmaceutical behemoths BASF, Bayer and Hoechst employed 80,000 slaves.
Bayer celebrated its 150th anniversary last year with no mention in the official blurb about the Nazi years from 1933 to 1945.
And chemical manufacturer IG Farben even had a factory inside Auschwitz death camp that used prison labour in the production of synthetic rubber and oil.

However, their most ghastly act was in the sale of Zyklon B - the poison used in the Nazi gas chambers. At its peak in 1944, this factory made use of 83,000 slave laborers.
There were also companies which enriched themselves through Nazi rule with Publishing giant Bertelsmann grew rich publishing gung-ho pro war books for Hitler Youth members and, according to Handelsblatt, 'profited massively' from contracts with the German armed forced at the Nazi Party central headquarters in Munich.
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A car for a fuhrer: Adolf Hitler waves to crowds in his six-seater Mercedes car in this undated World War II photograph. Mercedes are one of a host of German companies that helped the Nazis

Germany's largest bank, Deutsche, did not employ slaves but became hugely wealthy under Nazism. The bank sacked all Jewish directors when the Nazis came to power and from 1938 onwards became the richest in Germany by taking part in the 'Aryanising' - or taking over - of Jewish-owned businesses.
Train builder and electrical engineering giant Siemens still plays its cards close to its chest about wartime activities.
The research director of the German Museum in Berlin said that what it has admitted so far about its past is merely a 'house history'. Companies such as the sporting goods supplier Adidas and the high street retailer C&A are still working on company histories about their time under Nazism.


1. IG Farben - 83,000
2. BASF, Bayer and Hoechst - 80,000
3. ThyssenKrupp - 75,000
4. BMW - 50,000
5. Daimler (Mercedes) - 40,000
6. Bosch - 20,000

7. Audi - 20,000
8. VW - 12,000

Top German companies a decade ago contributed £3billion into a fund to compensate forced labourers enslaved in Third Reich factories.
Under a programme organised by Fritz Sauckel - who was hanged at Nuremberg for war crimes - over two million people were brought to Germany from conquered lands to work for the new master race.
Many of these went to private companies, like VW and BASF, while tens of thousands more were conscripted to work under the most appalling conditions producing weaponry.
These included the slaves who built the V1 and V2 Rockets and other massive construction projects, such as the Valentin submarine base in Bremen.
The Nazis differed from other regimes throughout histroy which used slave labour. Romans and Greeks, for example, valued and revered their forced labourers wile the Nazis treated them with immense crulety.
VW, for example, had something called the dying room' where female forced labourers who gave birth had to leave their newborns to die.

Most of the agricultural slaves came from the occupied eastern territories of Poland, the Baltic states and Russia. Because the Slavik people were regarded as subhuman in the Nazi racial lexicon, casualty rates among them were the highest of all.

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Dark past: Chemical manufacturer IG Farben even had a factory inside Auschwitz (pictured) that used prison labour in the production of synthetic rubber and oil. However, their most ghastly act was in the sale of Zyklon B - the poison used in the Nazi gas chambers. At its peak in 1944, this factory made use of 83,000 slave laborers

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Mercedes used slave labour during Nazi rule of Germany

Slave labourers were used after the 1943 Dambuster raid to repair the breached dams in the Ruhr Valley and many French workers were press-ganged into backbreaking work building Hitler's Atlantic wall meant to stave off a seaborne invasion launched from England.
BASF built a plant at Auschwitz to produce synthetic rubber and inmates there had a life expectancy measured in weeks. Soviet PoWs concripted to work in Nazi industrial plants suffered death rates of between 90 and 97 per cent.

BMW: Dynasty used 50,000 slave labourers under Nazis

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Family secret: Guenther Quandt, whose family now owns BMW, used slave labourers during World War Two in his weapons factories in Germany

In 2011, after decades of silence, the dynasty behind the BMW luxury car marker admitted using slave labour, taking over Jewish firms and doing business with the highest echelons of the Nazi party during World War Two.

Gabriele Quandt, whose grandfather Guenther employed an estimated 50,000 forced labourers in his arms factories, producing ammunition, rifles, artillery and U-boat batteries, said it was 'wrong' for the family to ignore this chapter of its history.
He spoke out after an in-depth study by Bonn-based historian Joachim Scholtyseck, commissioned by the family, that concluded Guenther Quandt and his son Herbert were responsible for numerous Nazi injustices.
It found Guenther acquired companies through the Nazi programme of 'Aryanisation' of Jewish-owned firms.

Herbert Quandt was 'part of the system', son Stefan Quandt said after the conclusion of the three-year study - forced on the family by public outrage over a German TV documentary - compiled using company files from the 12-year period of the Third Reich.
The Quandt family bought into BMW 15 years after the War.

Guenther became a Nazi Party member on May 1, 1933, a month after Adolf Hitler achieved supreme power in Germany.
But he had long used a network of party officials and Wehrmacht officers to build up contacts for lucrative state contracts.
Married to Magda Behrend Rietschel, Guenther was divorced by her in 1929 although they remained on friendly terms.
She went on to marry the 'poison dwarf' of the Nazi party, the propaganda maestro Joseph Goebbels, and would die with him - after murdering their six children - in Hitler's bunker in 1945.

The company grew rich in the Nazi era. In 1937, Hitler bestowed on Guenther the title Wehrwirtschaftsführer - leader of the armament economy - and his business supplied weapons using slave labourers from concentration camps in at least three factories.

Hundreds of these labourers died.
An execution area to murder those who displeased their masters was found in one of his plants in Hannover and the study mentions the fate of a Polish man who was hanged at another plant in front of 50 other inmates.
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An AFA technician repairing a battery cell in a German type IX boat in 1942. AFA was owned by Gunther Quandt and manufactured batteries and accumulators for the German military

The study showed that the Quandt firms also used Russian POWs as slave labourers and that Guenther and Herbert knew about them, detailing their dispersion among their empire from the company HQ in Berlin.
Herbert even employed Ukrainian slaves on his weekend retreat outside the Reich capital.

Guenther was described as an 'opportunist' who enthusiastically helped the regime to rid Berlin industries of Jewish workers before the start of the war.
This was despite his numerous contacts with Jewish bankers in the years before the Nazis began their climb to power.

He was also 'unscrupulous' in his take-overs of Jewish firms which were forcibly sold for a pittance to loyal German industrialists such as himself.

'The family patriarch was part of the Nazi regime', judged the historian in the 1,200 page study.

'The Quandts connected themselves inseparably with the crimes of the National Socialists.'

BMW, of which the Quandts became major shareholders 15 years after the war, was not implicated in the documentary.

'We were treated terribly and had to drink water from the toilets. We were also whipped,' said Takis Mylopoulos, a forced labourer who worked in Quandt's Hannover plant.

In 1946 Guenther Quandt was arrested and interned. To the surprise of many, he was judged to be a 'Mitlaufer', or fellow traveller - namely someone who accepted the Nazi ideology but did not take an active part in crimes.
He was released in January 1948.

One of the prosecutors in the Nuremberg trials, Benjamin Ferencz, now says that if today's evidence against him had been presented to the court at the time,'Quandt would have been charged with the same offences as the directors of IG Farben' - the makers of the gas used to murder the Jews at Auschwitz.
Quandt was able to re-install himself in the supervisory boards of various German firms such as Deutsche Bank. He also became an honorary citizen of the University in Frankfurt in 1951.
He died on holiday in Cairo on December 30, 1954.


The two most powerful Nazi industrialists, Alfried Krupp of Krupp Industries and Friedrich Flick, whose Flick Group eventually owned a 40 per cent stake in Daimler-Benz, had been central figures in the Nazi economy.

Their companies used slave labourers like cattle, to be worked to death.

The Krupp company soon became one of Europe's leading industrial combines.

The Flick Group also quickly built up a new pan-European business empire. Friedrich Flick remained unrepentant about his wartime record and refused to pay a single Deutschmark in compensation until his death in July 1972 at the age of 90, when he left a fortune of more than $1billion, the equivalent of £400million at the time.

'For many leading industrial figures close to the Nazi regime, Europe became a cover for pursuing German national interests after the defeat of Hitler,' says historian Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, an adviser to Jewish former slave labourers.

'The continuity of the economy of Germany and the economies of post-war Europe is striking. Some of the leading figures in the Nazi economy became leading builders of the European Union.'

Numerous household names had exploited slave and forced labourers including BMW, Siemens and Volkswagen, which produced munitions and the V1 rocket.
Slave labour was an integral part of the Nazi war machine. Many concentration camps were attached to dedicated factories where company officials worked hand-in-hand with the SS officers overseeing the camps.
Hermann Abs, post-war Germany's most powerful banker, had prospered in the Third Reich.
Dapper, elegant and diplomatic, Abs joined the board of Deutsche Bank, Germany's biggest bank, in 1937. As the Nazi empire expanded, Deutsche Bank enthusiastically 'Aryanised' Austrian and Czechoslovak banks that were owned by Jews.
By 1942, Abs held 40 directorships, a quarter of which were in countries occupied by the Nazis. Many of these Aryanised companies used slave labour and by 1943 Deutsche Bank's wealth had quadrupled.
Abs also sat on the supervisory board of I.G. Farben, as Deutsche Bank's representative. I.G. Farben was one of Nazi Germany's most powerful companies, formed out of a union of BASF, Bayer, Hoechst and subsidiaries in the Twenties.
It was so deeply entwined with the SS and the Nazis that it ran its own slave labour camp at Auschwitz, known as Auschwitz III, where tens of thousands of Jews and other prisoners died producing artificial rubber.
When they could work no longer, or were verbraucht (used up) in the Nazis' chilling term, they were moved to Birkenau. There they were gassed using Zyklon B, the patent for which was owned by I.G. Farben.
But like all good businessmen, I.G. Farben's bosses hedged their bets.
During the war the company had financed Ludwig Erhard's research. After the war, 24 I.G. Farben executives were indicted for war crimes over Auschwitz III - but only 12 of the 24 were found guilty and sentenced to prison terms ranging from one-and-a-half to eight years.
I.G. Farben got away with mass murder.
Extract from a 2009 Mail Online article by Adam Lebor.

AUDI: 'Firmly ensnared' in Nazi regime
Car giant Audi employed thousands of concentration camp inmates during the Second World War and was 'firmly ensnared' in the Nazi regime, an investigation found last month.
During the war years, Audi was known as Group Auto Union and, in a deal brokered by the SS, hired 3,700 concentration camp inmates to work in what was then Germany's second biggest car firm.
The academic study also revealed another 16,500 forced laborers, who were not imprisoned in concentration camps, were working in Auto Union plants.

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Dark history: Car giant Audi, then called Auto Union, employed thousands of concentration camp inmates during the Second World War, an investigation has found

Authors of the study, economic historian Rudolf Boch of the University of Chemnitz, and Martin Kukowski, head of the Department of history at Audi, were granted access to the Audi archives for the first time for their 'house cleaning' history of the firm.
Their book, Wartime Economy And Labour Usage Of Auto Union Chemnitz AG During The Second World War, centres on the firm, which was the only serious competitor to Mercedes during the 12 year lifespan of the Third Reich, with a 20 percent market share for luxury cars.
During the war some of the plants were turned over to military production, churning out tanks and air-craft engines.

The 500 page report claims that Auto Union - now Volkswagen's luxury marque Audi - built its success on the back of human misery and suffering, and that founder Dr Richard Bruhn was largely responsible for the firm's large-scale exploitation of forced labour.

'More than 20,000 forced laborers were used in the production of Auto Union in their Saxon works, including almost one-fifth from concentration camps,' said the study authors.

Conditions in the concentration camp in the city of Zwickau, where many workers were held, were particularly appalling with 1,000 prisoners - many of them forced labourers from France - living in unheated barracks.

'The conditions were devastating,' said the historians.
The researchers also discovered that disabled workers were shipped north to the Flossenburg concentration camp to be executed, and their numbers replaced with prisoners from that camp.
Towards the end of the war, 688 Zwickau inmates were sent on a death march to Karlovy Vary, now in the Czech Republic, with almost half of them dying on the way.
Audi recognised its wartime guilt in using forced labour more a decade ago, paying massive amounts into the £3billion fund which German industry set up to compensate Nazi slave workers and their descendants.
The company was founded in 1932 following a merger of four car makers, and dropped the Auto Union name after a further merger in 1985.
The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
Carl Jung - Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14
Crime pays - well. War Crimes pay even better.
The list, above, of German firms that asked for and rented slave labor from the SS is horribly incomplete. One of the better books on this is The Business Of Genocide by Allen. On the internet can be found a much more complete list of German firms that used slave labor [and a few American ones such as Ford in Germany] and about how many slave laborers in total there were [about 6.5 million]. The SS even had its own companies, but rented out most of its 'labor' for the profit of the SS and the companies, who got these workers at very, very cheap 'wages' - paid entirely to the SS. In fact, had Nazi Germany not used slave labor, they'd not have lasted long in the War, at all. Next time you think of buying Bayer Aspirin [and many, many other things] - think again. Most of these slave laborers were worked to death, literally.
"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn
"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will" - Frederick Douglass
Ha! Who says crime does not pay. Looks like the dividends are very good indeed. I would never buy a BMW knowing their use of slave labour and their refusal to make adequate reparations. This is another reason not to buy one.
"The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it." Karl Marx

"He would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies. When asked in court whether she knew that Lord Astor had denied having sex with her.

“I think it would be a good idea” Ghandi, when asked about Western Civilisation.
Just as a clarification: The Goebbels-Quandt relationship is less sensational than the posted articles imply. The industrial wealth of the Quandts was built by Günther Quandt (1881-1954). He had two children from his first marriage, Hellmut and Herbert, and one son, Harald, from his second marriage with Magda Friedländer. Magda Friedländer, after a divorce, then married Goebbels. Harald, who was 10 when his mother married Goebbels, lived with his mother.

Harald and Herbert became the heirs of the Quandt wealth in 1954, when Günther Quandt died.
Günther Quandt and Herbert Quandt had a risk of being accused in the Nuremberg trials for war crimes, but were protected by the British intelligence Service.
Harald Quandt served in the German Airforce in the war and was wounded and capturerd by the British in 1944.
The most relevant literature regarding what happened since September 11, 2001 is George Orwell's "1984".

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