Zeitschrift für Unternehmensgeschichte
Journal of Business History
Managing Editor: Schneider-Braunberger, Andrea H.
Ed. by Burhop, Carsten / Kleinschmidt, Christian / Plumpe, Werner
Together with Berghoff, Hartmut / Fahrmeir, Andreas / Hesse, Jan-Otmar / O'Sullivan, Mary / Stokes, Raymond / Welskopp, Thomas
Des Unternehmers «volkstümliche» Biographie, oder: wie die Ruhrkohlenindustrie Geschichte machte
A popular biography or: how the Ruhrcoal industry created history. The general assumption in our profession is that history it analyzed and written by qualified historians. Companies, industrialists and associations, however, are and were active in especially writing business history as well. It is evident that they commissioned commemorative publications for different reasons than historians wrote business history. By aiming to apply their business history frequently for political reasons of the present time, it turned out to be useful for them to hide the fact that the publications were commissioned working projects. By exemplifying the biography of Emil Kirdorf, written and published in 1936 by Walter Bacmeister, the article draws attention to the ambitions that motivated the industrialists to merchandise Emil Kirdorf's life during the 1930s.