This Day in Jewish History / A minstrel and bartender-turned-master industrialist dies
Karl Wittgenstein began as a teen runaway and ended up a steel and iron magnate.
January 20, 1913, is the day on which Austrian industrialist Karl Wittgenstein died, in Vienna. Though remembered today mainly, if at all, for being the father of philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, Karl was a self-trained engineer who, through initiative, vision, shrewdness, ruthlessness and luck, organized and controlled a monopoly of the iron and steel industry of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His business...
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