Albert Voegler

Albert Voegler : Nazi Germany

Albert Voegler was born on the 8th February, 1877. He studied mechanical engineering at Karlsruhe University before working as an engineer in the Dortmunder Steel Plant. From 1906 to 1912 he was director of AG Iron and Steel Industries at Dortmund where he worked closely with Hugo Stinnes.

In 1915 Voegler was appointed head of the German Luxembourg Mining AG and in 1925 replaced Emile Kirdorf as Chairman of the Rhineland-Westphalian Coal Syndicate. The following year he became head of Germany's largest steel works, Vereinigte Stahlwerke.

In 1928 he began to fund the Nazi Party. He joined with other industrialists in signing the letter that urged Paul von Hindenburg to appoint Adolf Hitler as chancellor. This was successful and on 20th February, 1933, he attended the meeting with Adolf Hitler, Hermann Goering and Hjalmar Schacht where the Association of German Industrialists raised 3 million marks for the party in the forthcoming election.

During the Second World War Voegler worked under Albert Speer the Minister of Armaments and was responsible for war production in the Ruhr. Albert Voegler committed suicide on 14th April, 1945 following his arrest by American troops.