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War and Economy in the Third Reich$
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R. J. Overy

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202905

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202905.001.0001

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‘Primacy Always Belongs to Politics’: Gustav Krupp and the Third Reich

‘Primacy Always Belongs to Politics’: Gustav Krupp and the Third Reich

(p.118) (p.119) 4 ‘Primacy Always Belongs to Politics’: Gustav Krupp and the Third Reich
War and Economy in the Third Reich

R. J. Overy

Oxford University Press

There was no doubt in the minds of the American prosecutors that the head and leading directors of the Krupp concern bore some of the blame for the rise of Adolf Hitler, for conspiring to plan and launch aggressive war, and for crimes against humanity in the treatment of slave labour. According to this judgement, the Krupp family shared the responsibility for the historical course which led to the destruction of the Germany Gustav Krupp had grown up with. The conventional view of a reactionary family tied by self-interest to a rearming Nazi regime, inhabitants of the moral desert of collaboration, has barely been examined since the Trials. In a recent study of industry and politics in the Third Reich the name Krupp does not even appear. However, serious historical evaluation of Krupp and the economic history of his firm is largely lacking. This chapter is based on a preliminary survey of the rediscovered archive.

Keywords:   Adolf Hitler, crimes against humanity, slave labour, Krupp family, Gustav Krupp, Nazi regime, Third Reich, Germany, politics

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