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Abs, Hermann (2 of 4) National Life Stories: City Lives
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Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt, Germany
Abs, Hermann, 1901-1994 (speaker, male)
Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)
Part 2 (tape 1 side B): Mr Schuller arrived from Austria in 1938: joined Lazards. Discusses involvement of Guinness company and Barclays Bank in Deutsche Bank during war. Guinness later merged with Schroders under Arthur Guinness. HA talks about Charles Villiers, served on National Coal Board and British Steel. HA close to Olaf and Charles Hambro. HA head of foreign department of Deutsche Bank in Berlin in 1937. HA: banking adviser to British Headquarters: established Advisory Committee. Visits America, March 1939: recalls events preceeding World War Two. HA member of resistance group. Worked in Foreign Department, Berlin during war, dealing with neutral countries. Met Neville Chamberlain, February 1939: discussed General Franco and Spanish civil war.
Interview with Hermann Abs, chairman of Deutsche Bank (1957-1967)