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Karl-Ludwig Barths
Born 13 May 1920(1920-05-13) (age 100)
Place of birth Kolbatz
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1937–1945
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) was born in Kolbatz (now Kolbacz) 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] and president of the Deutsch-Kanadische Gesellschaft (German-Canadian Society) until 2000.[3]

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Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 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". http://www.ritterkreuztraeger-1939-45.de/Infanterie/B/Ba/Barths-Karl-Ludwig.htm. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Karl-Ludwig Barths". Deutsch-Kanadische Gesellschaft. 2011-07-01. http://www.dkg-online.de/2011/07/01/karl-ludwig-barths/?lang=de. 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. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 105.
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) (in German). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [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]. Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007) (in German). 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]. Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 

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