|Birth: ||Sep. 26, 1913|
|Death: ||Jul. 31, 2013|
German industrialist, CEO of Krupp AG.
Born Zemmin, Pomerania. Attended grammar school in Greifswald. Trained as a bank clerk, he started work at the Hamburg branch of Shell oil company in 1938.
During the Second World War, Beitz was posted in the Galician city of Boryslaw (Poland, now Ukraine), where he was assigned to the management of oil wells and refineries. He became quickly aware of the anti-semitic character of the Nazi occupation. Together with his wife Else, he sabotaged the planned deportation of Jews by systematically assigning Jewish engineers and workers to so-called war-relevant activities, by faking work permits, declarations of "Aryan origin" and by hiding many of them in his home. Thus, he saved an estimated number of 800 lives. After the war, this courage earned the Beitz couple recognition by Polish authorities as well as by Israel as "righteous among the nations". German Jews honoured him by the Leo Baeck medal.
After the war, Beitz became boss of the insurance company Iduna. His record and methods brought him the attention of the steel tycoon Alfried Krupp who, in 1953, hired him to become chairman of the Krupp steel corporation. He remained with the company for 60 years and helped build it into a publicly traded conglomerate, merging the company in the 1970s to form ThyssenKrupp.
From 1972 to 1988, Beitz was a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), from 1984 to 1988 being its Vice-President.
Buried in Essen alongside his parents Erdmann and Erna, close to the Krupp family vault.
Created by: Dieter Birkenmaier
Record added: Jul 31, 2013
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