Hitler`s Managers: Gustav and Alfried Krupp

During the Second World War the Allies hated Krupp, the "armorers of the Third Reich" more than any other German company. This film examines the lives of Gustav Krupp and his son Alfried, indicating how both of them, despite initial reluctance, finally joined the group known as "Hitler's managers".

Their weapons had the reputation of being efficient killing machines, and the steel they produced was known to be particularly hard. Hitler needed the "canon king" Krupp for his war, but Gustav - who initially ran the company - regarded the Nazi dictator with a mixture of contempt and skepticism. However, this did not prevent the armament manufacturer from coming to terms with the new system in commercial matters. In 1943 Alfried Krupp took charge of the vast company; his father was seriously ill. By this time it was quite obvious that the war could not be won, but the young Alfried was obliged to continue producing weapons, using an army of forced laborers from lands that Germany had conquered. The results were fatal – also for Alfried.

Length 1 x 52'
Year 2004
Genre Documentary
Format Digital Betacam
Director Sebastian Dehnhardt, Manfred Oldenburg
Boadcast ZDF / History Channel