Open the archives on the banishment of my great-grandmother
In 2008, century-old revelations and photographs surfaced from within the Stroebel family (www.davidstroebel.com) of Ocean Township, New Jersey, pointing to the unrecorded banishment of their great-grandmother, Engelbertha Krupp Stroebele, from Germany’s 400-year-old Krupp steel dynasty.
Engelbertha Krupp was banished and disinherited from her family for failing to break-off a wedding engagement to a poor shoemaker who later became her husband. In retaliation, it is strongly believed her father, Alfred Krupp, ordered officials at the Market Church in Essen to destroy his daughter’s church records and with that—her very existence.
With the assistance of three elderly relatives, Stroebel began piecing together the mystery of his great-grandmother’s life in Germany yielding three unmistakable photographs of her taken with her family. In spite of this evidence the Alfried Krupp Foundation (http://www.krupp-stiftung.de) in Essen, Germany, has ignored pleas from the Stroebel family to search their archives or to allow independent researchers to examine their vast photographic archives. Not even a story in Germany’s der Spiegel news magazine on August 3, 2013, could move them to help the Stroebel family.
We respectfully request the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation and Protestant Church in Rheinland permit unfettered public access to their archives for researchers and scholars to determine if any additional evidence whatsoever exists of the life of Engelbertha Krupp. Her ancestors want her church records restored and strongly believe it is a human right to have one’s church records restored.
- Alfred Krupp Foundation: release records on unrecorded Krupp banishment
- Director, Alfred Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation
We, the descendants of Engelbertha Krupp Stroebele, request that you open the Alfred Krupp Foundation archives to public inspection for photographs, records and documents pertaining to the banishment of Engelbertha Krupp. It is morally wrong to continue to deny and hide this 140-year secret. It is a universal human right to have one's church records corroborating their existence. Research has strongly pointed to Alfred Krupp's (1812-1887) role in the destruction of his daughter Engelbertha's church records as a penalty for her marrying a poor shoemaker who, in Alfred's mind, was unfit societally, intellectually and financially to one day inherit the Krupp steel works alongside Engelbertha . To remain neutral or silent implicates you, Ursula Gather, as an accomplice to Alfred Krupp and the oppression of my great-grandmother in the eyes of the church.
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