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Is it possible to get resources researched for the article on the Koch family? I found the article, “Report: The Kochs, A Nazi Past, Oil & The Foundations of the Right” very interesting and I would like to do some follow-up research of my own. Thanks for any help you can lend.
Karl Otto: August 2, 1897 – April 5, 1945
b. in Darmstadt, Hesse.
Monster got the firing squad at Buchenwald.
“Koch first married in 1924 and had one son; however, his marriage ended in divorce 1931, due to his infidelity. On May 25, 1936 Koch married Ilse Köhler with whom he had a son and two daughters.”
His father worked in local registrar’s office and died when Karl was only eight years old.
b. in Elmerfeld (now Wuppertal)
June 19, 1896 – November 12, 1986
(So same mother possible, but not likely)
“son of foreman Gustav Adolf Koch (1862 – 1932) and his wife Henriette, née Matthes (1863 – 1939).”
“His father worked in local registrar’s office and died when Karl was only eight years old” (So father’s don’t match up, but Nazi info is sometimes missrepresented so this isn’t absolute evidence that the two aren’t related closely.
So, browsing through a number of sites I haven’t seen anything that definitively links any of these people.
It’s very curious that one of the links at that blog is dead: the yahoo Koch family timeline. Also curious is that in the discussion of Erich Koch on Wikipedia there is no mention of wife or family. I can’t find anything so far anywhere else either. However, the German wiki page for Erick Koch includes a short discussion of the Foundation that he ran which supposedly made him the man who controlled the largest fortune in Germany at the time. The article says that the foundation was dissolved after the war, but it doesn’t say how, or where the proceeds went. Maybe *this* is the seed money for the American Kochs??
I asked a Dutch friend if he had heard of any of these connections, or of the Harry Koch, ancestor of our American Kochs, who operated the newspaper in Texas (reputed to have come from Holland). He said no, he hadn’t, but that Koch was not at all a common Dutch name, except possibly at the border between Germany and Holland.
Please do let us know where you found evidence that a. Karl Otto and Erich were related b. Erich and Fred were related or did business.
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