The Lex Krupp was a document signed into federal law on November
12, 1943 by
Adolf Hitler that made the
Krupp company a personal
company with specially regulated rules of succession, in order to
ensure that the
Krupp family enterprise remain intact.
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This specialized German law of 1943 was created through the combined
efforts of Gustav
Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, the head of the steel
Krupp AG Essen, Martin Bormann, Chief of the Nazi Party
Chancellery, Dr. Hans Lammers, German State Secretary, and Adolf
Hitler, in order to establish a legal mandate for the preservation of
Krupp family enterprise, so that Gustav's son and heir, Alfried
Felix Alwyn von Bohlen und Halbach, would be heretofore, addressed as
Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach. This law was signed by
Adolf Hitler on
12 November 1943 and became effective immediately, thus transferring
ownership from Bertha
Krupp to the first male heir of Bertha
Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach.
^ Erlaß des Führers über das Familienunternehmen der Firma Fried.
Krupp, Reichsgesetzblatt 1943 I, 655f (scan)
^ "Correspondence: Telford Taylor to Eleanor Roosevelt". Retrieved
The Arms of
Krupp by William Manchester
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