Carl Zeiss Stiftung and its place in history
On 19 May 1889 Ernst Abbe founded the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung and in the statute of 1896 set it on a firm legal and administrative footing. As a juridical person under civil law, it has the rights and obligations of a private individual. As an independent operator, it is the sole owner of two enterprises which conduct their business activities under the independent names of Carl Zeiss and Schott Glaswerke. The Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung has no private or state associates such as shareholders or partners. Like any other private enterprise, the enterprises of the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung Schott and Carl Zeiss must therefore provide the capital necessary for maintaining their present position and future growth themselves.
As work began on rebuilding the enterprises of the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung in West Germany in the difficult conditions prevailing after the Second World War and expropriation of the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung property in East Germany, the vigour and morale of the organisation was dramatically proved. Thanks to the variety and quality of their specialist products and the outstanding technical and scientific expertise of the workforce, it was possible to re-establish the enterprises within a short space of time.
Today the enterprises of the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung Carl Zeiss and Schott have achieved a level of performance which ensures them a leading position in world markets in many important fields. The commercial, scientific and social principles of the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung have proves extremely successful in their first hundred years. The Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung and its subsidiaries have a firm ideologic and technological platform on which to meet the challenges of the future.
The above paragraphs were taken from a booklet (9029-defs C2 0-144) called '100 Jahre Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung', published in 1988 and one can read the political conditions of the time between the lines.