Karl-Ludwig Barths

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Karl-Ludwig Barths
Born (1920-05-13) 13 May 1920 (age 95)
Kolbatz
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1937–45
Rank Major
Commands held Heeres-Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 393
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Karl-Ludwig Barths (born 13 May 1920) is a former German officer and businessman who lived and worked for nearly a decade in Canada. He was born in Kolbatz (now Kołbacz) near Stettin (now Szczecin).[1] After completing secondary school[1] he entered the Wehrmacht in 1937.[2] After fighting in World War II and subsequent Soviet captivity,[3] which he described in his 2007 book Jungmann. Erlebte und erzählte Episoden 1939-1949, he became an export/import apprentice in Hamburg.[1] In 1953 he started working for Volkswagen, where he became responsible for the company's business in North America.[3]

In 1963 Barths moved to Toronto in Canada where he was president of Volkswagen Canada Ltd.[1] There he also held the offices of a governor of the town's Central Hospital and director of the Toronto Symphony.[1] In 1972 Barths moved to Wolfsburg in Germany where he was chairman of the Volkswagen Versicherungsdienst Gmbh until 1985.[4] From 1972 to 2000 he was president of the Deutsch-Kanadische Gesellschaft (German-Canadian Society).[3] As of 2014 he lives in Taunus/Hesse, Germany.

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  1. ^ a b c d e Parker, Charles Whately; Greene, Barnet M., eds. (1969). Who's who in Canada. An illustrated biographical record of men and women of the time 58. International Press. p. 632. 
  2. ^ "Ritterkreuzträger Karl-Ludwig Barths". Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  3. ^ a b c "Karl-Ludwig Barths". Deutsch-Kanadische Gesellschaft. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  4. ^ Edelmann, Heidrun (2011). Vermögen als Vermächtnis. Leben und Werk der Stifter Christian und Asta Holler. Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag. pp. 173–174, 207. 
  5. ^ a b c Thomas & Wegmann 1985, p. 23.
  6. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 105.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzer's Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
  • Thomas, Franz; Wegmann, Günter (1985). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Teil I: Sturmartillerie [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the German Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Part I: Assault Artillery] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-1447-2. 

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