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An unrecorded banishment from Germany's Krupp steel family

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How Nazis courted the Islamic world during WWII

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Tens of thousands of Muslims fought for the Nazis in World War Two. DW spoke with historian David Motadel about whether pragmatism or anti-Semitism drove Adolf Hitler’s overtures and why some Muslim leaders backed him.
http://p.dw.com/p/2nXCl

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Written by Dave Stroebel

November 14, 2017 at 9:26 pm

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American Krupp Descendent Bombed Essen from B-17 During WWII

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Newly unearthed family records from WWII show that the husband of Engelbertha Krupp Stroebele’s granddaughter, bombed Essen during WWII.

Army Air Corp First Lieutenant Peter O.E. Bekker, Sr. who had not yet married Gloria Eileen Stroebel of Jersey City, New Jersey when the bombing mission took place, was piloting an American B-17G aircraft assigned to the 325th Bombardment Squadron of the 92nd Bombardment Group on March 8, 1945.

Lieutenant Bekker’s aircraft was one of 1,200 heavy allied bombers dispatched that day to destroy six benzol plants in Germany. His crew successfully bombed the Emil Benzol plant in Essen but did not take part in any bombing missions of the Krupp works itself.

Bekker married Stroebel in 1949 at St Paul the Cross Church in Jersey City.  He retired from the US Air Force in 1967 in the rank of full Colonel.

Peter Bekker Aircrew Picture1Lt peter O.E. Bekker, Sr (top-right)

First Lieutenant Peter O.E. Bekker (top-right)(courtesy Fred Stroebel Bekker)

B17 Mission Log EssenB-17 mission log book (courtesy Fred Stroebel Bekker)

Written by Dave Stroebel

October 25, 2017 at 1:54 pm

My July 23, 2017 Visit to Villa Hugel, Essen

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Written by Dave Stroebel

July 27, 2017 at 10:54 am

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It’s Engelbertha Krupp Stroebele’s 163rd Birthday

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Remembering Engelbertha Krupp Stroebele today on her 163rd birthday. She was born in Essen, Germany to Alfred and Bertha Krupp.

Written by Dave Stroebel

June 13, 2017 at 9:42 am

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Seeking Beidermann descendants

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In an on-going effort to uncover potentially new leads in the Engelbertha Krupp banishment saga, seeking descendants of any Beidermann family that might have lived in/around Sigmaringen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany from about 1870-1900. Please email info@davidstroebel.com

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June 7, 2016 at 4:23 pm

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May 10, 2016 at 9:49 am

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Marking VE Day in Germany becomes a time for reflection near Cologne
http://dw.com/p/1Ik5x

Written by Dave Stroebel

May 8, 2016 at 7:21 pm

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