It is 1902, and Friedrich Alfred Krupp – head of the global industrial giant of the same name – dies suddenly at the height of a scandal concerning his alleged homosexuality. Margarethe, his widow, must not only come to terms with her own feelings, but also ensure that neither her adolescent daughters nor the family business suffer.
At the age of 28, she had married the heir of the Krupp business, moving into the feudal household then presided over by her patriarchal father-in-law. At 48, she finds that the burden of responsibility is hers alone.
This book by Margarethe’s great-granddaughter tells the story of her remarkable life, drawing on numerous unpublished letters and documents, and illustrated with private photographs from the family archives.