New Jersey Descendents get nod from German Court

Ocean Twp., NJ (Web site of the Engelbertha Krupp Charitable Foundation, Inc.) Sept 24, 2012

The Probate Court in Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany delivered a ruling last week that could potentially make the deceased great-grandmother of an American-born Krupp Dynasty descendent in New Jersey the sole heiress of what eventually became a $60 billion conglomerate known today as ThyssenKrupp AG headquartered in Essen.

David Stroebel is the great-grandson of Engelbertha Krupp Stroebele who brought the inheritance pleading to the German court in May and who is representing Engelbertha's family line in the United States. He is also the founder, Chairman and CEO of the Engelbertha Krupp Charitable Foundation, Inc., of Ocean Twp., New Jersey. The foundation was established in honor of his German-born great-grandmother who was born into, then banished and disinherited from Germany’s premier steelmakers known today as ThyssenKrupp, AG.

The German court has stated in a letter to Stroebel on September 14, 2012 that when they receive the factual evidence required, they will reverse the 1887 settlement making Engelbertha and her living descendents in the US legal heirs. Presently, approximately 25 percent of the Krupp side of ThyssenKrupp stock is held by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation of Essen, Germany.

Stroebel uncovered the true identity of his banished great-grandmother in 2008, after the death of a relative prompted him to research his German origins. His research led to three previously unknown elderly relatives in New York State and New Jersey who communicated century-old revelations, documents and photographs to him. Stroebel began to investigate the merits of their claims and uncovered strong and unmistakable evidence to support them.


David Stroebel