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Walther Rathenau Collection

Identifier: AR 1451

Scope and Content Note

Letters to Friedensbund der Kriegsteilnehmer, Fischer-Verlag, Dr. Wohlfahrt, Felix Heimann. Manuscript by Robert A. Pois and others about Walther Rathenau. Materials assembled by the AEG-Telefunken Firmenarchiv on the genealogy of the Rathenau family (1710-20th century), as well as lists of their holdings of Rathenau's papers and of materials on Rathenau and a press release on the 150th anniversary of AEG. Clippings and articles by and about Walther and Erich Rathenau from the end of the 19th and the early 20th century.


  • 1894-1983


Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011


Biographical Note

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.


4 Folders


This collection contains a small amount of Rathenau's correspondence and several manuscripts and clippings about Rathenau and his family.

Separated Material

Clippings and copyrighted materials have been removed to the Walther Rathenau Clippings Collection , AR 1451 C.

The Walther Rathenau -- Seine Gedanken und Lehren auf Grund seiner Hauptwerke by Konrad J. Igel has been removed to the LBI Manuscript Collection, call number MS 491.

Photographs have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

Guide to the Walther Rathenau Collection, 1894-1983  AR 1451
Processed by LBI Staff and Timothy Ryan Mendenhall
© 2009
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • November 23, 2011 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.
  • March 2012 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States