Quandt, Harald.

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Quandt, Harald, born 01-11-1921 in Berlin, Charlottenburg, the son of industrialist Günther Quandt and   Magda Behrend Ritschel Goebbels who had married in 1921. Although the couple divorced in 1929, they remained on extremely friendly terms. Magda later married Joseph Goebbels (did you know) at a property owned by Günther Quandt.   Adolf Hitler (did you know) was Goebbels’ best man. After his mother’s re-marriage,    Harald remained with his father who became a prominent business leader in the Third Reich . Nevertheless he paid regular visits to his mother, who had become “the First Lady of the Third Reich”, and to his stepfather, who was minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda from 1933. After 1934, he returned to his mother and lived with the Goebbels family until passing his school-leaving examination in 1940. While living with his mother, he surprised many by supporting the Indian nationalist Subhash Chandra Bose and his motto, “Give me blood and I will give you freedom”. He served as a lieutenant in Hermann Goering  (did you know) Luftwaffe  during World War II. He was injured and later captured by Allied troops in Italy in 1944, but was released in 1947. Magda and Joseph Goebbels committed suicide after murdering their six children in the Führerbunker, in May 1945.  Harald was the only one of Magda’s children to survive. Harald Quandt does not appear physically in Downfall and it’s only mentioned by Magda when she writes a letter to him where she states her intention to murder her kids. Magda also wrote a letter to him, telling him about how Goebbels has been practicing his ranting skills and how terrible life in the Bunker. After returning to Germany, he first assisted his half-brother in re-building the family firms, and then from 1949 to 1953 studied mechanical engineering in Hanover and Stuttgart, where his family owned large firms, AFA/VARTA  in Hanover, a private equity firm in Stuttgart. Quandt married Inge Bandekow (1928–1978), who was the daughter of the company’s lawyer and worked as a secretary with his father, at the beginning of the 1950s. In the following 17 years, the couple had five daughters: Katarina Geller (1951), Gabriele Quandt-Langenscheidt (1952), Anette May-Thies (1954), Colleen-Bettina Rosenblat-Mo (1962) and Patricia Halterman (1967–2005). Quandt had the reputation of being a “committed playboy”  His father who died in 1954, leaving his empire jointly to his sons Herbert, he died age 81, on 02-06-1982, in Kiel

   and Harald, making Harald one of the wealthiest men-in West Germany.

    Harald survived an aviation accident at Zurich International Airport but died on 22-09-1967, age 45, when another of his aircraft crashed in Cuneo, Italy, one his way from Frankfurt am Main to Nizza in a company plane type” King Air A90″.  The pilot was a replacement new pilot and probably not enough trained for this special aircraft. Problems electromagnetic and the aircraft flew against a mountain. The Quandts   owe their wealth directly to their support of the Nazi regime and the bloody exploitation in the concentration camps—something the family is unwillingly to discuss. No family member has ever been indicted for the crimes that occurred in their company-owned concentration camps, nor has the family paid any compensation to the victims who survived. Susanne Klatten and Stefan Quandt are among the 100 richest Germans today. The real reason why Quandt was never indicted as a war criminal is that “resumption of production was soon given priority over the desire to thoroughly purge the business elite …. From 1947 onwards the Nuremberg trials of industrialists assumed above all a symbolic character.” The industrialists Alfred Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach  and Financial patron of the Nazi party and accused of employing forced labour during the war, Friedrich Flick  who had been condemned in Nuremberg, soon returned to their old positions at the beginning of the 1950s..

 Death and burial ground of Quandt, Harald.


Harald Quandt is buried next to his father on the Waldfriedhof of Bad Homburg, Freibergerstrasse..Close by the graves of the Generalmajor der Infanterie, Militair Kommandant 1016, Fritz Ebeling

  , Generalleutnant der Flakartillerie, Kommandeur 19th Flak Division, Gotthard Frantz   and General der Infanterie, Präsident des Reichkriegsgerichts. Kommandeur 208th Infantrie Division, Hans Scheele 

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  1. Edgard Stockelynck


    Aan Rob Hopmans,
    Prachtige site.
    In de beschrijving over Harald Quandt…”Xbox en play station” lijkt mij wel een anachronisme. of snap ik de joke niet?

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