German industrialist Berthold Beitz dies at 99

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BERLIN (AP) — Berthold Beitz, who was honored for saving hundreds of Jews in occupied Poland during World War II and became one of post-war West Germany's leading industrialists, has died at 99.

Steelmaker ThyssenKrupp AG, where he was the honorary chairman of the supervisory board, announced Beitz's death on Wednesday. It said in a statement that he died Tuesday and gave no further details.

Beitz and his wife, Else, were honored by Germany's main Jewish group in 2000 for saving Jewish workers at an oil field he managed in occupied Poland from deportation.

In the 1950s, Beitz agreed to administer the Krupp steel company, which was heavily involved in armaments production during the war.

In 1967, he launched a foundation with the late Alfried Krupp's fortune, supporting projects in Israel among others.

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