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Lateron the La Plata newspaper reported that Fritz Thyssen in ! By which Fritz used the extremist language of the National Socialists against political opponents. During the Gelsenberg affair in there were press reports, encouraged by the former Reich Finance Minister Hermann Dietrich, that Fritz Thyssen had negotiated a deal for the United Steelworks with French and Dutch investors, but that the Reich government wanted to prevent this, because it did not wish for foreign influence on the enterprise. His wife had already joined the party on He would do so officially on Subsequently an Argentinian-German trade agreement, including offsetting and compensation procedures, was signed in November , whereby trade between the two countries increased drastically.
It seems Thyssen was trying to help form an antipole to Anglo-American economic might. Not all of the South-American press was positive about Thyssen. It was the very thing his father August, who had no social ambition but lived entirely for his works, had warned about many years earlier. He had ensured Fritz was only head of the supervisory board, not the management board, in order to minimise the damage August was convinced Fritz would do to the company.
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In his dealings with other industrialists he could be gruff and rude. People such as Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, who strove against Hitler as long as he could and who, like Richard Freudenberg and many others, only surrendered to national socialism once it had been installed, as a dictatorship, with the help of the Thyssens and their associates. This is an admission of extremely overbearing Thyssen behaviour issued by the Thyssen complex as official historiography, which, as such, really is remarkable.
And it does not stop there. Fritz Thyssen also threatened catholic priests, who were normally his allies. Reminding us once again that it was the professions, such as the legal community, who took particularly early and enthusiastically to the Nazi ideology.
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According to de Taillez, Thyssen took part in the Nuremberg party rallies. And why, if Fritz knew, as he wrote in , that the Americans wanted to rearm Germany to go to war with Russia, did he not break away from this evil alliance earlier on?! Because he too was for a war against the Soviet Union after all? Or because it was more important for him to reap the economic benefits than to take a moral stance?
The fact that his brother Heinrich had managed so elegantly, through his Hungarian nationality, and his secure, comfortable domicile in Switzerland, to keep out of public politics, while still enjoying all the financial rewards the Thyssen enterprises were reaping from the war, must have made Fritz very angry. This vexation might even have been one trigger for his flight. It was always typical for the ultra-rich Thyssens to make themselves look important with everyone that mattered. Only this time, it was about war. Any kind of allegiance was never at the forefront of their mind.
The Thyssens were transnational and committed to no single nation — only to themselves alone. According to de Taillez, since Reves also worked with Winston Churchill. While Thyssen and his lawyers distanced themselves from the book, Reves confirmed to the denazification court that all of the book had been dictated by Thyssen and that two thirds of it had been proof-read by him.
Reves rejected the idea of being a ghostwriter and described himself as publisher and press agent. He also argued that Anita Zichy-Thyssen had repeatedly thanked him for his publishing the book. This blocks out the fact that the Thyssen case was fraught because the allies could not access and question Heinrich in his Swiss safehaven, and because there were discrepancies between the British and the American views of how the Thyssens should be dealt with in general, the British were much more in favour of their punishment. To this was added the prospect of profit increases in the steel industry.
And yet various authors of this series, including de Taillez alledge that this is nothing more than a conspiracy theory.
Many of these characteristics certainly applied to Heinrich also, because they went back not least to the greedy luxury of the family and its resulting, hubristic mannerisms. Only, Heinrich was more intelligent than Fritz and he knew in particular that one can camouflage oneself much better within a certain seclusion, especially when one is in truth even more unscrupulous than his vociferous brother. As far as Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza is concerned, not a single statement at all concerning these topics has been handed down.
The outstanding contribution of this book, meanwhile, is in its explanation of the utterly elitist perspective from which the Thyssens saw their role within National Socialism. So far, it is the only volume to have been reviewed, not only in academic circles , but also by a major German newspaper. An honest German view photo copyright: Lizas Welt — internet:lizaswelt. Jan Schleusener is a liar? Because, it is I of whom he lies! Also of Hans Heinrich Thyssen. The truth is that the cancellation was subsequently rescinded without ever having been the cause of friction.
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This is explained in some detail in my book, while Dr Schleusener made no attempt to contact me or clarify the situation when researching his book. So there can be little doubt that his accusations are not only false but also malicious and designed to damage my reputation and credibility as an author, and as such they qualify as libellous.
This is of particular concern when it comes to his coverage of history relating to the Third Reich. So Dr Schleusener presumably considers lying to be an acceptable practice, regardless of the subject or period. And as far as our friendship was concerned, I should remind Dr. I would also never raise a glass of red wine to my lips without thinking of him. Als solche sind sie als verleumderisch anzusehen. Dies tut er aber offensichtlich nicht. Das ist besonders bedenklich, wenn es um seine Forschungen zum Dritten Reich geht. Nicht gerade die Gedanken eines Menschen, der auf Rache aus ist.
Leider ist sie offensichtlich auch nicht die vorausschauendste Person, da sie z. Der Unterschied liegt darin, dass sie unsere Belege mit ausgesprochen positiven Termini neu umspannt, um dem allgemeinen Programm der Schadensbegrenzung dieser Serie gerecht zu werden. In der Welt von Simone Derix werden die Thyssens immer noch! Mit zwei oder drei Ausnahmen werden die Thyssens nie richtiger Weise als handelnde, profitierende, u. Immer wieder und auf bombastische Weise behauptet sie z. Obwohl Friedrich Thyssen Anfang des Ihresgleichen ward in den nachfolgenden Thyssen-Generationen nie wieder gesehen.
Die Linie der Bornemiszas, in die Heinrich einheiratete z. Laut Derix verbrachte Fritz Thyssen Anfang des Und genauso sind es ihre lang anhaltenden Verrenkungen, Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza als perfekt assimilierten, ungarischen Gutsherren zu portraitieren.
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Es ist offensichtlich auch das Motto dieser Thyssen-finanzierten Akademiker geworden. Dies erstreckt sich auch darauf, die Rolle des August Thyssen Junior von der des schwarzen Schafs der Familie auf die des engagierten Unternehmers um zu schreiben.
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Jahrhunderts eng miteinander verbunden blieben. Ab kaufte Fritz Thyssen in Argentinien Land.
Derix bleibt vage bestreffs genauer Daten. Diese Unternehmen usw. Dies aber ist keine Schlussfolgerung, die Simone Derix zieht. So fuhren sie anscheinend am Was aber genau waren diese Anliegen? Sie illustriert, mit welchem Ernst er der, wenn auch Unternehmens-bedingten, Kriegsverbrechen beschuldigt wurde; genug um ihn mit Inhaftierung zu bestrafen:. Sein Gesundheitszustand verschlimmerte sich. Am In diesem Gericht, wie es seinem unaufrichtigen Charakter entsprach, gab Fritz Thyssen an, keinen Heller zu besitzen.
Auslandsdeutsche waren. Die Thyssen Dynastie, S. Die Geheimhaltung der Transaktion entspricht komplett seinem Stil. Batthyany-Clan, ca. Hendrik J. It is surprising that Simone Derix does not have the respect for professional ethics to acknowledge our historiographic contribution; especially since she stated in a conference that non-academic works, whilst creating feelings of fear amongst academics of losing their prerogative to interpret history, are taking on increasing importance.
Ms Derix herself is not the fearful type of course, though somewhat hypocritical. She appears to be preemptively obedient and committed to pleasing her presumably partisan paymasters, in the form of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. She is in all seriousness trying to convince us that research into the lives of wealthy persons is a brand new branch of academia, and that she is its most illustrious, pioneering proponent.
Does she not know that recorded history has traditionally been by the rich, of the rich and for the rich only? Has she forgotten that even basic reading and writing were privileges of the few until some hundred and fifty years ago? At the same time, contrary to us, Derix does not appear to have had any first hand experience of exceptionally rich people at all, particularly Thyssens. Rich people only mix with rich people, and unless Derix got paid by the word, there is no evidence that she ever in any way qualified for serious comment on their modus operandi. What is new, of course, is that feudalism has been swept away and replaced by democratic societies, where knowledge is broadly accessible and equality before the law is paramount.
They only ever want you to know glorious things about them and keep the realities cloaked behind their outstanding wealth. To suggest that this series is being issued because the Thyssens have suddenly decided to engage in an exercise of honesty, generously letting official historians browse their most private documents, however, is ludicrous.
The only reason why Simone Derix is revealing some controversial facts about the Thyssens is because we already revealed them. Thus, Derix seems to believe she can run with the fox and hunt with the hounds; a balancing act made considerably easier by her pronouncement, early on, that any considerations of ethics or morality are to be categorically excluded from her study. It is just one of the many statements that appears to show how much the arguably authoritarian mindset of her sponsors may have rubbed off on her.
The fact that academics employed by publicly funded universities should be used thus as PR-agents for the self-serving entities that are the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the Thyssen Industrial History Foundation and the ThyssenKrupp Konzern Archive is highly questionable by any standards, but particularly by supposedly academic ones. Especially when they claim to be independent. With two or three exceptions they are never properly described as the active, profiting contributors to the existence and aims of the regime. The outrageousnness of her allegation is compounded by the fact that she fails to quote evidence, as reproduced in our book, showing that allied investigators made clear reference to the Thyssens themselves being the real perpetrators and obfuscators.
Yet still, Derix purports to be invoking German greatness, honour and patriotism in her quest for Thyssen gloss. But she fails to properly range them alongside the industrialist families of Krupp, Quandt, Siemens and Bosch, preferring to surround their name hyperbolically with those of the Bismarck, Hohenzollern, Thurn und Taxis and Wittelsbach ruling dynasties.
In reality, many Thyssen heirs chose to turn their backs on Germany and live transnational lives abroad. Their mausoleum is not even accessible to the general public. Contrary to what Derix implies, the iconic name that engenders such a strong feeling of allegiance in Germany is that of the public Thyssen now ThyssenKrupp company alone, as one of the main national employers.
This has nothing whatsoever to do with any respect for the descendants of the formidable August Thyssen, most of whom are, for reason of their chosen absence, completely unknown in the country. Their equal was never seen again in subsequent Thyssen generations. This included marrying into the Hungarian, increasingly faux aristocracy, whereby, even Derix has to admit, by the s every fifth Hungarian citizen pretended to be an aristocrat.
The truth is: apart from such money-orientated connections, neither the German nor the English or any other European nobility welcomed these parvenus into their immediate ranks religion too played a role, of course, as the Thyssens were and are catholics. Until, that is, social conventions had moved on enough by the s and their daughters were able to marry into the truly old Hungarian dynasties of Batthyany and Zichy.
But until that time, based on their outstanding wealth, this did not stop the brothers from adopting many of the domains of grandeur for themselves. Fritz Thyssen, according to Derix, even spent his time in the early s importing horses from England, introducing English fox hunting to Germany and owning a pack of staghounds. The potential for conflict is obvious when a puristically inclined scholar writes a "comprehensive, historical" dictionary so that a general audience may have access to this cultural heritage of previous centuries.
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