About Engelbertha Krupp Stroebele

Engelbertha Krupp Stroebele was born in Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany on June 13, 1855 to Alfred Fewlix Alwyn Krupp (1812-1887) and Bertha Eichhoff (1831-1888) and is the sister of Friedrich Alfred Krupp (1854-1902) and step-sister to William Lobbert Wickenberg.  Engelbertha was banished and disinherited from her family for refusing to break-off a marriage engagement with John Joseph Stroebele, a shoemaker employed at the Krupp estate who was born in Veringendorf, Baden-Wurttemberg. After living in Sigmaringen, Baden-Wurttemberg for eight years, she immigrated to Jersey City, New Jersey on March 27, 1883 with her husband, John and three children. She died in Union City on January 11, 1911. The details of her banishment were brought to light by her great-grandson, David in 2008 after interviewing three elderly relatives for a book who provided Stroebel with century-old revelations, documents and photographs. It is believed that because of strict social customs surrounding elite 19th century industrialists, she was never baptized, explaining why today she does not have a birth record. Her personal struggles could only have been brought to light by her own accounts and shared with close family members. The foundation is not affiliated in any manner with the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation of Essen as they have chosen not to recognize her place in the Krupp family.

Alfred Krupp (1812-1887)

Bertha Eichhoff Krupp (1831-1888)

Friedrich Alfred Krupp (1854-1902)

      About the Foundation

The Engelbertha Krupp Foundation is a (tax status pending) nonprofit foundation established by her her great-grandson, David Stroebel. When brother Friedrich Alfred Krupp inherited the immense Krupp firm in 1887 from his father, he inherited billions. Engelbertha received nothing. The foundation honors her memory and legacy. It finally gives her something with her name on it that helps the poor and needy of Jersey City. The foundation accepts tax-exempt donations from private citizens and business.

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From Essen to Jersey City- Engelbertha Krupp chose the love of a poor shoemaker over a dynasty and was banished forever.