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Alfried von Bohlen und Halbach

Full name: Alfried Felix Alwyn von Bohlen und Halbach (-Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach)
Gender: Male
Born: August 13, 1907 in Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Died: July 30, 1967 in Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Affiliations: NRV, Hamburg (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Sailing

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Alfried Felix Alwyn Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, usually known as Alfried Krupp, was the son of the former Bertha Krupp and her husband, Gustav von Bohlen und Halbach, and one whose Olympic participation was a mere footnote to his life. Bertha Krupp was an heir to the well-known Krupp family business, Friedrich Krupp AG Hoesch-Krupp, the largest company in Europe before World War II.

Alfried Krupp studied metallurgy at several German universities, earning a Master’s degree from the Aachener Technische Hochschule in 1934, writing a thesis on melting steel in vacuums, and then joined the family business in 1936. The Krupp company was a steel and metal producer that would eventually contribute greatly to the German war effort.

In 1931 Alfried Krupp joined the German SS (Schutzstaffel) and became a member of the Nazi Party in 1938. When his father suffered a stroke, Alfried Krupp became head of the firm. Under his leadership, the company used slave labor, often removing Jews from concentration camps to help work in the factories. He worked closely with the SS to obtain slave labor from the concentration camps, and made his employees work in very brutal conditions even when it was obvious that the war was lost. Krupp was German Minister for the War Economy 1943-45.

After the war ended, Krupp’s use of slave labor was investigated by the Allied Military Government, and after what was known as the Krupp Trial (technically The United States of America vs. Alfried Krupp, et al.), he was sentenced to 12 years in prison for “crimes against humanity.” He was also required to forfeit much of his property. Krupp was pardoned after three years in prison by John McCloy, America High Commissioner for Germany, and his property was restored.

Alfried Krupp resumed control of his family company in 1953. He led the company until his death in 1967, after which it passed to the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation, a philanthropic organization, which remained the majority shareholder into the 21st century, with the company later known as ThyssenKrupp AG, after mergers with other firms.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Sailing Mixed 8 metres Germania II GER 3 Bronze

Mixed 8 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date PTS T
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Sailing Germania II GER Final Standings 1936-08-04 53
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Sailing Germania II GER Race One 1936-08-04 5 2-17:11
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Sailing Germania II GER Race Two 1936-08-05 9 2-15:48
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Sailing Germania II GER Race Three 1936-08-06 7 2-14:45
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Sailing Germania II GER Race Four 1936-08-07 7 3-31:21
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Sailing Germania II GER Race Five 1936-08-08 10 2-42:42
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Sailing Germania II GER Race Six 1936-08-09 10 2-57:27
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Sailing Germania II GER Race Seven 1936-08-10 5 2-39:56
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Sailing Germania II GER Race-Off 2/3 1936-08-12 2-20:15