Franz Josef

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

Franz Josef was born in Vienna back in 1886. In 1901, the family moved to Brno where he received his education graduating with an engineering degree in 1909. After graduation, he returned to Vienna working for AEG-Union as an electrical engineer. He joined the Austro-Hungarian Imperial and Royal Aviation Troop as a marine engineer during WWI.

In 1916, you could find him working for the Austrian Navy to supervise the production for aircraft engines. After the war, he was hired by an upcoming company to expand engines being built to use in automobiles and motorcycles.

In 1933, under pressure from Gauleiter Wagner he joined the Nazi Party. He allowed his family to be treated by a Jewish family doctor which of course caught the attention of the local authorities. As the war progressed there was a shortage of raw materials causing the company he worked for to be on the brink of closing the doors. Thankfully, that did not happen as the company survived and is still in operation to this day.

What you may not know about Franz Josef Popp is that he was one of the three men responsible for the founding of Bayerische Motoren Werke, or what we now call BMW. He was the First General Director of BMW holding that position from 1922 to 1942.   Until tomorrow keep that smile on your face, pass it on to someone in need

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, James Dray I love my BMW..... what a nice ride and a nice looking vehicle.... winter and summer....hardtop convertible... all wheel drive...

May 21, 2018 04:13 AM #1
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
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Good morning 

Thank you for sharing your information with us

Have a great day.

May 21, 2018 04:26 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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Good morning James. Don't remember why, but I knew this one! Guess I should prepare for another dry spell. Enjoy your day!

May 21, 2018 04:39 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

wow so the moral to this story is:

May 21, 2018 04:46 AM #4
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