Success for the city and the foundation

Dear compatriots,

Mayor Andreas Brand
Mayor Andreas Brand

Yesterday, Thursday, the Administrative Court of Baden-Württemberg in Mannheim also rejected the appeal of Albrecht and Friedrich von Brandenstein Zeppelin regarding the Zeppelin Foundation. Thus, the highest administrative court of the country has once again judicially confirmed our previous position and legal opinion. We can be happy about that, because the failure of this suit in the second case is a huge success for the city of Friedrichshafen and its Zeppelin Foundation.

For seven years now, the plaintiffs have been trying unsuccessfully to oppose the Zeppelin Foundation from the city of Friedrichshafen – that is, all of us. Albrecht von Brandenstein-Zeppelin wants to gain significant influence over the foundation and, through a civil lawsuit filed at the same time, wants to withdraw millions from the foundation. That is why he tried the administrative and civil courts with sterile lawsuits. It remains to be feared that Brandenstein-Zeppelin will not stop even after the appeal has now been rejected by the Administrative Tribunal in Baden-Württemberg and again the failure in court. He would continue to use every opportunity to unnecessarily occupy the courts, as well as occupy the city of Friedrichshafen. Unfortunately, this costs us all money and time. We would like to use both in a more reasonable way.

For us Hefflers, the decision of the Administrative Court of Baden-Württemberg is another very important victory over a stage on an already very long road which – we must fear – will be much longer; At least that is what Albrecht von Brandenstein-Zeppelin announced that he would examine more legal avenues in order to achieve his goal of gaining significant influence over the Zeppelin Foundation. We are armed and will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that the Zeppelin Foundation remains where Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin wanted it: in the city of Friedrichshafen.

Let me make another comment: the plaintiff announced through the press that he would be willing to “sit at the negotiating table on this matter” (Schwäbische Zeitung, June 22, 2022). I can assure you, dear Haveler, that there is no basis for comparison: Albrecht von Brandenstein-Zeppelin has no rights whatsoever with respect to the Zeppelin Foundation. The city cannot compare itself either on the legal issue regarding the alleged continued existence of the Zeppelin Foundation, which was dissolved in 1947, or on the use of funds by the current Municipal Zeppelin Foundation. You are bound by applicable law. And even if we could: why should we negotiate as a city – and what? By taking legal action, the plaintiffs would have breached their obligations under two settlements concluded in 1952 and 1990. Therefore, the new comparison would not be at all appropriate to conclude the matter reliably and permanently, and would therefore be useless.

So it remains the same: the city of Friedrichshafen and the Zeppelin Foundation remain intact. for the benefit of the population.

Thanks for your support on this long journey!

Best regards, you

Andrew Brand
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