Thursday, 20 November 2008

You can't take it with you!

A body and the coffin containing it have disappeared from a family tomb at Auen on the shores of Lake Wörthersee. The location, in the Austrian province of Carinthia, is close to Velden, the town where the late Carinthian Governor Jörg Haider's last movements (see below) became lost in a fog of misinformation and speculation.
Billionaire, Frederick Karl Flick, left behind a personal fortune of €5-6 billion at the time of his death in 2006. His father, a self-made billionaire industrialist and member of the 'Himmler Circle of Friends' employed slave labour at his steel plants and coal mines in Germany, France and the Soviet Union during the Nazi era. He was subsequently sentenced to 7 years at the Nuremburg Trials but was released after 3 years with more than 30% of his fortune still intact.
The missing Flick, for his part, was best known for his cultivation of the political landscape in Germany, which appears to have required a mere $25 million, and in connection with the Helmut Kohl affair of 1983.

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