The last Krupp. The bizarre Life of Arndt von Bohlen und Halbach

Documentary, 45 minutes
Written and directed by Manfred Uhlig and Hanns-Bruno Kammertönns

Everyone knows the name Krupp. The Essen-based enterprise has set the tone of German history for more than one century – industrial as well as war history. The names most mentioned in association with the rise and fall of this family dynasty are those of Friedrich, Alfred or Alfried Krupp. In most publications, however, there is one name missing: the name Arndt von Bohlen und Halbach. He was the “last Krupp”. What sticks in memory about him is only the picture of a playboy – a good-for-nothing spending his family’s money wantonly – who was closer to the party circles in Marrakech than the Krupps and their empire in the Ruhr back in Germany. In the documentary, the growth in the country of the economic miracle is compared to the lifestyle of Arndt von Bohlen und Halbach. Little is known about the dark side of his life: his inhibited homosexuality, his drug addiction and the hazardous cosmetic operations.

Manfred Uhlig and Hanns-Bruno Kammertöns, the author of the book “The last Krupp” (published by Hofmann und Campe), investigated the life of Arndt von Bohlen und Halbach based on diaries and conversations with friends.

First Run:
NDR, 1998

Legal Claim:
Norddeutscher Rundfunk