Freehold Township, NJ man discovers great-grandmother's past while researching family history.  Family wiped daughter's existence from Essen church books. Revelations, money trail, and photographs survived.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2010. Freehold Township, NJ., Apr. 22, 2010- In a recently completed book to be published by LuLu Publishing, a Freehold Twp., New Jersey man reveals that his great-grandmother was Engelbertha Krupp, who was the banished and disinherited daughter of Alfred and Bertha Krupp from the 400-year-old industrial dynasty of Essen, Germany.    

While conducting research on his family's German origins, David Stroebel's family tree took the most unusual turn. After discovering his great-grandparents' names on census records he reached out to find out more about them. He had contacted distant relatives he had never known before. They had told him his that his great-grandparents worked for Kaiser Wilhelm I, and that the true identity of his great-grandmother was Engelbertha Krupp of the famous steel and armaments manufacturer in Essen. The author investigated these revelations for 18 months and uncovered facts along with photographic evidence to convincingly prove these revelations were true. He is now reintroducing her to the world and to her rightful place as sole heiress to the Krupp Empire.

The author reveals that his great-grandfather, John Joseph Stroebele- a poor Catholic shoemaker from Mengen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany met Engelbertha Krupp around the year 1871 while employed as a bootblack at Villa Hugel- the Krupp estate in Essen. The story is told from revelations passed down from earlier generations in the Stroebele family and given new life in the book: The Cannon King's Daughter: Banished from a Dynasty, the True, untold Story of Engelbertha Krupp. After disobeying her father's orders to break off her engagement with Stroebele, daughter Engelbertha was banished and disinherited from her family dynasty around 1873-74.  Her banishment and disinheritance was concealed by her parents and it is believed that her very existence was stricken from the church books of the Market Church in Essen where she was believed to have been baptized. Engelbertha- a protestant, married the author's great-grandfather at St. John's Catholic Church in Sigmaringen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany in 1875 before immigrating to Jersey City, New Jersey in 1882 and 1883.

Her brother, Friedrich Krupp, illegally inherited the vast Krupp Empire, leaving her completely out of any inheritance. Friedrich's daughter Bertha Krupp (1886-1957) eventually inherited the empire upon Friedrich's death in 1902 resulting in an arranged marriage to Gustav von Bohlen und Halbach by Kaiser Wilhelm II. That marriage produced Alfried Felix Alwyn Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach (1907-1967), who became the firms owner and general manager.

Under German law at that time, Engelbertha was the most eligible Krupp to inherit her father's empire since she had three boys versus the two girls brother Friedrich had.

About the author:

David Stroebel is an award-winning 13-year veteran of the Air Force Reserve Command History Program in which he wrote extensively on the air and ground operations of various Air Force fighter and airlift wings.  Today, he is a writer employed by a Federal government agency in Monmouth County, New Jersey. He is married with three children and resides in Ocean Township, New Jersey.

Contact: David Stroebel