In the spring of 1945, Harald Quandt, a 23-year-old officer in the German Luftwaffe, was being held as a prisoner of war by Allied forces in the Libyan port city of Benghazi when he received a farewell letter from his mother, Magda Goebbels -- the wife of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. The hand-written note confirmed the devastating news he had heard weeks earlier: His mother had committed suicide with her husband on May 1, after slipping their six children cyanide capsules in Adolf Hitler’s underground bunker in Berlin. (Snip)Quandt was released from captivity in 1947.
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Pete Stone, 1/29/2013 11:29:36 AM (No. 9146354)
So, was Harald in the Army or Air Force? The story starts with him being a Luftwaffe officer, but farther down it states he was a paratrooper in the Wehrmacht. Sloppy writing. It is an interesting article, though.
The Germans were not forced to surrender to bring the First World War to a close, instead they signed an Armistice (a time out) that remained in affect until the Germans decided to start the Second World War.
This article just goes to show that while all people are created equal, not all people are born equal, in that some have a pot of money awaiting them.
Back in grade school in the 1950´s we learned that the surviving Nazi´s and all their kin had made it to safety in South America etc., carrying lots of cash, jewelry and art objects (most of which had belonged to European Jews) with which to finance their futures.
Never forget. However the news gets out is fine with me since all Nazi´s will rot in Hell anyway--let them count their cash while they can.
Hidden? Hidden?!? The Quandt family has owned a majority state in BMW for decades, and held many other substantial industrial holdings throughout the Twentieth Century. The family is hardly hidden.
The family´s troubled - and fascinating - history was thoroughly exposed in a 2007 German documentary called "The Silence of the Quandts." The family firm used slave labor during WWII, among other awful misdeeds. With such a family history, it´s no wonder they keep to themselves. The family is nonetheless very prominent in Germany.
"Hidden Billionaires" is an awfully peculiar way to describe one of Germany´s richest and best-known families.
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