Ludwig Ganz: a German-Jewish family business

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Felix Ganz (1869–1944) developed his family’s fabric and furniture store in Mainz into a public company with subsidiaries and branches across Europe and the Middle East. The business was restructured after the Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression and was lost to the family as a result of Nazi anti-Jewish persecution. This article reconstructs the history of the Ludwig Ganz AG and the entrepreneurial biography of its owner Felix Ganz, a member of Germany’s business elite in the Wilhelmine and Weimar eras, a veteran of the First World War, and a victim of antisemitism during the Third Reich.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)350-362
Number of pages13
JournalJewish Culture and History
Issue number3
Early online date25 Jul 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Jul 2023


  • German history
  • Jewish history
  • economic history
  • microhistory
  • family history
  • bourgeois networks

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