They are one of the most famous and wealthiest German families. For decades the Oetkers have shunned publicity. Now, for the first time, they break their silence and provide an extensive account of the moving, tragic years experienced by both the family and the company.
"Oetker? Sure: puddings and baking powder!" The response is invariable and immediate: 98% of German people recognize the name. But despite the incredible popularity of the Oetkers, and their legendary success, hardly anybody knows the story of the family. Rosely Schweizer (whose maiden name was Oetker), August Oetker and Richard Oetker open up for the first time, without attempting to conceal the shadier aspects of their story. It turns out that few other families at the helm of major industries can have had suffered as many blows of fate as the Oetkers.