Else Beitz, the widow of German industrialist Berthold Beitz, passed away on September 14 at the age of 94, leaving behind a legacy that included saving hundreds of Jews in Nazi-occupied eastern Europe.
Many of her activities were overshadowed by her husband, who was dubbed “the last Krupp.” Mr. Beitz, as head of the Krupp steel conglomerate in the 1950s, was considered one of post-war Germany’s leading industrialists.
The two met at a tennis club in Hamburg in 1938 when she was 18 years old. They married the next year and were together for nearly 75 years until Mr. Beitz’s passing last year just three months short of his 100th birthday.
She is credited with numerous post-war volunteer efforts and received the highest state level award in 2011 for her civic support in North Rhine-Westphalia, where she lived. She also received the Bundesverdienstkreuz or the Federal Cross of Merit in 2012.