Josef Neckermann

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Josef Neckermann
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Personal information
Birth nameJosef Carl Peter Neckermann
Born5 June 1912
Würzburg, Kingdom of Bavaria, German Empire
Died13 January 1992 (aged 79)
Dreieich, Germany
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb)
ClubRV Gravenbruch, Neu-Isenburg

Josef Carl Peter Neckermann (5 June 1912 – 13 January 1992) was a German equestrian and Olympic champion. He won Olympic medals at four different Olympics, in 1960, 1964, 1968 and 1972. Later Neckermann became a member of the West German National Olympic Committee.[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 businesses, including the 1938 acquisition of Karl Amson Joel's retail business in Berlin.

For that, shortly after World War II, Neckermann was sentenced to one year in a military prison.[3]

In 1957, Joel got a compensation of 2 million West German marks for his former company from Neckermann who ran the most successful German mail order selling company at the time.


Neckermann's daughter Eva Maria Pracht and granddaughter Martina Pracht were also Olympic equestrians.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Josef Neckermann". SR/Olympic Sports. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 27 December 2008.
  2. ^ "BUSINESS ABROAD: The Mail Order King". Time. 29 February 1960. Archived from the original on 1 March 2010.
  3. ^ Fred Schruers (28 October 2014). Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography. Crown/Archetype. pp. 26–. ISBN 978-0-8041-4020-1.

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