Tag Archives: Zeiss Personalities

Heinz Kueppenbender (1901 -89)

Published in Spring 2000  Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Larry Gubas

See Page 11.

A biogrpahy of the first head of Zeiss Ikon design, the senior management personality at Zeiss Ikon in the 1930s, at Carl Zeiss Jena during World War II and later Carl Zeiss Oberkochen. The lead designing personality in the early days of Zeiss Ikon and father of many  groundbreaking Contax rangefinder designs.

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Reminiscences of Zeiss Ikon with Wolf Wehran (History)

Published in Autumn 1993  Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Hans-Juergen Kuc

See Page 3 – 8.

A long and intensive interview by Kuc of the Chief of Public Relations of Zeiss Ikon from the mid-1950’s to the closing in 1972. Mr. Wehran then became a part of the Carl Zeiss firm and when he retired, her remained as a consultant to the firm for Photo and Binoculars until 2011. So, he was very familiar with the comings and goings in Photography over those many years.

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Dr. Rudolph Straubel (History)

Published in Spring 1999  Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Larry Gubas

See Page 16.

A biography of Dr. Rudolph Straubel who guided the firm from the death of Dr. Czapski until he “was retired” by the Nazis in 1933 at the age of 69. It was he who guided the firm into all of the mergers and acquisitions based on Abbe’s Stiftungs Statute.

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Siegfried’s Journey (History)

Published in Spring 1993  Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Nicholas Grossman

See Page 6 – 7.

This is the story of Siegfried Kessler who returned to Jena from a POW camp in 1948 to work in  VEB Carl Zeiss Jena until his manager was arrested and killed in an East German prison in 1953. He then fled to Oberkochen and progressed to the point that he was sent to take over the management of the newly reacquired US subsidiary, Carl ZEiss, Inc. and would serve as President of that firm for more than 20 years.

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