Franz Josef Popp (14 January 1886 in Vienna – 29 July 1954 in Stuttgart) was one of three men responsible for the founding of BMW AG and the First General Director of BMW AG from 1922 to 1942. A number of different candidates have been put forward as the “founders” of BMW AG.
Adolf Hitler tours a BMW plant in Munich with CEO Franz-Josef Popp in 1935. Getty Images
Franz-Josef Popp, Director General of Bayrischen Motorenwerken (BMW) gives Adolf Hitler a tour of a factory. Photographer Heinrich Hoffmann/Studio of H. Hoffmann
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Franz Josef Popp was the founder and general director of BMW, manufacturing cars, motorcycles and aero engines. He had taken Erica out of a school where she was told to join the League of German ...
Under pressure from Hitler and Hermann Göring to shift production away from cars and motorbikes towards engines for military aircraft, Franz Josef Popp demurred.
Hitler receives a tour of the BMW AG manufacturing plant by chief executive Franz-Josef Popp in 1936 The company used forced labourers, convicts and prisoners from concentration camps to assist ...
Franz Josef Popp can lay claim to being the prime force in the development of the mobility company we know today. He was “General Director” of the company from its foundation until he was forced to relinquish his position in 1942.
Indeed, he even married the beautiful 18-year-old daughter of BMW’s founder Franz Josef Popp. This was exactly why he was approved: to underline Hitler’s good intentions toward Britain and display the virtues of the Reich to the British public. Unfortunately for the Führer, nobody listened.
During the war, against the wishes of its director Franz Josef Popp, BMW concentrated on aircraft engine production, with motorcycles as a side line and automobile manufacture stopped altogether. BMW's factories were heavily bombed during the war and its remaining West German facilities were banned from producing motor vehicles or aircraft ...
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