Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk

German nobleman, jurist, and senior Nazi government official

Date of Birth: 22-Aug-1887

Place of Birth: Rathmannsdorf, Saxony, Germany

Date of Death: 04-Mar-1977

Profession: military personnel, politician, jurist, economist, diplomat

Nationality: Germany

Zodiac Sign: Leo


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About Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk

  • Johann Ludwig "Lutz" Graf Schwerin von Krosigk (Born Johann Ludwig von Krosigk; 22 August 1887 – 4 March 1977) was a German senior government official who served as Minister of Finance of Germany from 1932 to 1945 and de facto Chancellor of Germany in May 1945. A non-partisan conservative, he was appointed to the post by Franz von Papen in 1932.
  • At the request of President Paul von Hindenburg, he continued in that office under Kurt von Schleicher and Adolf Hitler.
  • He and his ministry were involved in the persecution of German and European Jews, including by stealing their property, and laundering money.
  • During May 1945, after the suicides of Hitler and his designated successor Joseph Goebbels, he also served as "Leading Minister" of the short-lived Flensburg government of President Karl Dönitz.
  • Schwerin von Krosigk also held the essentially nominal offices of Foreign Minister and Finance Minister in the provisional government that controlled only a small, progressively shrinking portion of Germany, due to the rapid advance of the Allied forces who finally dissolved it and arrested its members. Besides Adolf Hitler himself, Schwerin von Krosigk and Wilhelm Frick were the only members of the Third Reich's cabinet to serve continuously from Hitler's appointment as Chancellor until his death.
  • By receiving the golden National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP) Badge from Adolf Hitler, given for honour on 30 January 1937, he automatically became a member of the NSDAP (membership number: 3,805,231).
  • He also joined the Academy of German Law in 1937. At the 1949 Ministries Trial, he was convicted of war crimes and sentenced to 10 years in prison; his sentence was commuted in 1951.
  • He later worked as an author and publicist.

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