Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk

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Johann Ludwig von Schwerin-Krosigk

Birthplace: Rathmannsdorf, Staßfurt, Herzogtum Anhalt, Germany
Death: March 04, 1977 (89)
Essen, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Immediate Family:

Son of Erich von Krosigk and Luise Gräfin von Schwerin
Husband of Ehrengard Freiin von Plettenberg
Father of Anna Louise von Raison; Friedrich Wilhelm Graf von Schwerin-Krosigk; Ehrengard von Krosigk; Private; Anton Graf Schwerin von Krosigk and 4 others
Half brother of Dedo von Krosigk; Charlotte Margarete Sidonie von Kerssenbrock; Friederike von Krosigk and Ehrengard von Krosigk

Occupation: Reichsminister
Managed by: Vladimir Gurianov-Edelstein
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About Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk

He was the Nazi minister of Finance and stood trial at Nuremberg. Also a Rhodes Scholar. Also grandfather of Beatrix von Storch, Duchess of Oldenburg

Johann Ludwig Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, born Johann Ludwig von Krosigk and known as Lutz von Krosigk (22 August 1887 – 4 March 1977) was a German senior government official who served as Minister of Finance of Germany from 1932 to 1945 and Leading Minister of the German Reich (Chancellor) in May 1945.

A non-partisan moderate conservative, he was appointed to the post by Franz von Papen in 1932. At the request of President Paul von Hindenburg, he continued in that office under Kurt von Schleicher and Adolf Hitler. During May 1945, after the suicides of Hitler and his designated successor Josef Goebbels, he also served in the historically unique position of Leading Minister of the German Reich, the equivalent of a Chancellorship, in the short-lived Flensburg government of President Karl Dönitz. Schwerin von Krosigk also held the essentially nominal offices of Foreign Minister and Finance Minister in the provisional government that controlled only a small, progressively shrinking portion of Germany, due to the rapid advance of the Allied forces who finally dissolved it and arrested its members.

Besides Adolf Hitler himself, Schwerin von Krosigk and Wilhelm Frick were the only members of the Third Reich's cabinet to serve continuously from Hitler's appointment as Chancellor until his death. By receiving the golden NSDAP Party Badge from Adolf Hitler, given for honor on January 30, 1937, he became a member of the NSDAP (membership number: 3,805,231). He also joined the academy of German Law in 1937.

At the 1949 Ministries Trial, he was convicted of war crimes and sentenced to 10 years in jail, but was granted amnesty in 1951. He later worked as an author and publicist.

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Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk's Timeline

August 22, 1887
Rathmannsdorf, Staßfurt, Herzogtum Anhalt, Germany
January 14, 1920
Klein-Kubbelkow, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
July 2, 1921
Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany
October 31, 1922
July 21, 1925