Ein fragwürdiger Philanthrop. Die subversiven Aktivitäten des deutsch-völkischen Stiftungsgründers Toepfer in der Schweiz
In a time of increasingly deficitary public budgets, it becomes the responsibility of private patrons to promote the arts and sciences. Power and prestige play a key role in this development. The article examines the case of the internationally active grain wholesaler Alfred C. Toepfer alias H.A. Hoffmann (1894–1993) and his network of foundations. Between the 1920s and the 1960s, Toepfer founded various foundations in New York, Amsterdam, Vaduz, Basel, Buenos Aires and German-occupied Eastern Europe. The article inquires into the influence these foundations exerted on Germany’s neighbouring states, particularly Switzerland.