Rathenau, Walther, 1867-1922

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German industrialist, social theorist, and statesman. Son of Emil Rathenau (1838-1915), founder of the German public utilities company Allgemeine Elektrizitätsgesellschaft (A.E.G.), Walther Rathenau (1867-1922) succeeded to the presidency of this corporation on his father’s death. He directed the distribution of raw materials in World War I and became minister of reconstruction (1921) and later foreign minister (1922). He represented Germany at the Cannes and Genoa reparations conferences and negotiated the Treaty of Rapallo with Russia. He was assassinated by nationalist and anti-Semitic fanatics, who opposed his attempts to fulfill reparations obligations.

From the guide to the Walther Rathenau Collection, 1894-1983, (Leo Baeck Institute Archives)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Rathenau, Walther, 1867-1922. Letter. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
creatorOf Lechter, Melchior, 1865-1937. Papers relating to the "George-Kreis," ca. 1891-1934. Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Melchior Lechter papers, 1879-1937 Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Lechter, Melchior, 1865-1937. Melchior Lechter papers, 1879-1937. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Rathenau, Walther, 1867-1922. Correspondence to Franz Werfel, 1913. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Walther Rathenau Collection, 1894-1983 Leo Baeck Institute Archives
referencedIn Walter Gropius papers in the Bauhaus-Archiv, ca. 1919-1937. Houghton Library
referencedIn Fritz Mauthner Collection, 1765-1968 Leo Baeck Institute.
referencedIn Valentiner, Wilhelm Reinhold, 1880-1958. Wilhelm Reinhold Valentiner papers, 1860-1974. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Lenz, Friedrich, b. 1885. Walther Rathenau : Sociologue und Staatsman : typescript, 1948. Stanford University, Hoover Institution Library
referencedIn Acheson, Edward Goodrich, 1856-1931. Edward Goodrich Acheson papers, 1872-1968 (bulk 1899-1930). Library of Congress
referencedIn Newmark, Leo, 1861-1943. Leo Newmark diaries and family materials, c.1850-1938. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Papers, 1879-1926 (inclusive), 1916-1922 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Henry Villard papers, 1604-1948 (inclusive), 1863-1900 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Edward Goodrich Acheson Papers, 1872-1968, (bulk 1899-1930) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Friedrich Lenz typescript : Walther Rathenau : Sociologue und Staatsman, 1948 Hoover Institution Archives.
referencedIn Else Lasker-Schüler Collection, circa 1913-2002, bulk 1913-1942 Leo Baeck Institute Archives
referencedIn Max Busyn Collection, 1903-1975, bulk 1930-1960 Leo Baeck Institute.
referencedIn Martin Beradt Collection, 1902-1988, bulk 1909-1965 Leo Baeck Institute.
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Relation Name
correspondedWith Acheson, Edward Goodrich, 1856-1931. person
associatedWith AEG-Telefunken corporateBody
associatedWith Allgemeine Elektricitä̈ts-Gesellschaft (Germany) corporateBody
associatedWith Beradt, Charlotte, 1907-1986 person
associatedWith Busyn, Max, 1899-1976 person
associatedWith Dibner, Bern, person
correspondedWith Dresel, Ellis Loring, 1865-1925 person
associatedWith Friedensbund der Kriegsteilnehmer corporateBody
correspondedWith Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969 person
associatedWith Heimann, Felix person
associatedWith Lasker-Schüler, Else, 1869-1945 person
associatedWith Lechter, Melchior, 1865-1937. person
associatedWith Lenz, Friedrich, b. 1885. person
associatedWith Mauthner, Fritz person
associatedWith Newmark, Leo, 1861-1943. person
associatedWith Pois, Robert A. person
associatedWith Rathenau family family
associatedWith Rathenau, Mathilde, died 1926 person
associatedWith Valentiner, Wilhelm Reinhold, 1880-1958. person
correspondedWith Villard, Henry, 1835-1900 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Berlin (Germany)
World War, 1914-1918--Participation, Jewish


Birth 1867-09-29

Death 1922-06-24





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