Josef Neckermann

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Josef Neckermann
Medal record
Competitor for  Germany
Olympic Games
Bronze 1960 Rome Individual dressage
Gold 1964 Tokyo Team dressage
Competitor for  West Germany
Olympic Games
Gold 1968 Mexico City Team dressage
Silver 1968 Mexico City Individual dressage
Silver 1972 Munich Team dressage
Bronze 1972 Munich Individual dressage
European Championships
Gold 1965 Copenhagen Team dressage

Josef Carl Peter Neckermann (5 June 1912 in Würzburg – 13 January 1992 in Dreieich) was a German equestrian and Olympic champion. He won Olympic medals at four different Olympics, in 1960, 1964, 1968 and 1972.[1]

He was also the founder and owner of the German mail order company Neckermann AG in 1938.[2]

He benefited greatly from the Nazi forced hostile takeover of Jewish merchants including the 1938 acquisition of Karl Amson Joel's retail business in Berlin. Joel founded a Nuremberg based mail order textile and clothing company in 1928. The following year he also started manufacturing. Joel's company soon became one of the leading mail order sellers in Germany (along with Quelle or Schöpflin). As discrimination further increased (e.g. deliveries had to be marked with a "J" for Juden, or Jew), and Jewish firms became "Aryanized," Joel was forced to sell his company to Neckermann for an unrealistic purchase price in 1938. The original agreement of 2.3 million marks was further reduced by Neckermann to 1.1 million marks. In 1957 Joel got a compensation of 2 million German marks for his former company from Neckermann who ran the most successful German mail order selling company at the time.


  1. ^ "Josef Neckermann". SR/Olympic Sports. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 27 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "BUSINESS ABROAD: The Mail Order King". Time. February 29, 1960. 

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