Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Otto von

BORN 2 Mar 1868, Berlin - DIED 26 Jul 1949, Basel
GRAVE LOCATION Riehen (near Basel): Hörnlifriedhof, Hörnliallee

Otto von Mendelssohn-Bartholdy was the son of Paul Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, the co-founder of AGFA. In 1893 Otto maaried his niece Cécile Mendelssohn. He was the co-owner of the bank Robert Warschauer & Co in Berlin. After the bank was sold to the Darmstädter Bank in 1905 he was able to retire. In 1906 he was enobled and in 1908 he became a member of the supervisory Board of AGFA. After AGFA merged with Bayer and BASF in 1926 and became I.G. Farben he was became a member of the Supervisory Board of that company.

In 1933 he emigrated to Switzerland with his half-brother Paul, but he returned to Germany afterwards. In 1938 he was forced to give up his position at I.G. Farben. During the Second World War he narrowly escaped deportation. After the war the Russians refused to restore his property that had been confiscated by the nazis. He moved to Switzerland again and there he died in 1949 in Basel.

• Daughter: Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Cécile von

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The grave of Otto, Paul and Hugo von Mendelssohn at the Hörnli-Friedhof in Basel.
Picture by Androom (02 Sep 2008)


Otto von Mendelssohn Bartholdy – Wikipedia

Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Paul

Published: 25 Dec 2020
Last update: 15 Feb 2022