The Founder

Guido Georg Friedrich Erdmann Heinrich Adalbert Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck, from 1901
Fürst Henckel von Donnersmarck (b. Breslau, 10 August 1830 - d. Berlin, 19 December 1916) was a German nobleman, industrial magnate, and one of the richest men of his time. He was a founder and owner of Guido Coal Mine. Moreover he was an owner of entire Zabrze City.
Henckel remained interested in political affairs even in the last years of his long life. Beginning in the winter of 1913-14 he had numerous conversations with US Ambassador James W. Gerard, to whom he described his role in the French indemnity negotiations of 1871. He expressed his long-standing support for a protective tariff on agricultural products as well as government encouragement of German manufacturing interests. Henckel proposed that Gerard should take his second son, then nearly 24, to America to see the great iron and coal districts of Pennsylvania.
During the preparations for the German invasion of Poland, Guido Otto Fürst Henckel von Donnersmarck met with military intelligence at Hochdorf on 11 June 1939 to offer the assistance of the entire forestry staff of his Polish estate. The offer was accepted. With the German defeat in 1945 and the coming of Communist rule, the family's estates were confiscated, and they went into exile in the West.

This is CyberFair 2010 project created by students of Elementary School nr 42 in Zabrze, Poland.