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Rathenau, Walther
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Rathenau, Walther

(September 29, 1867, Berlin – June 24, 1922, Berlin [assassinated]), German industrialist and politician. He was the son of Emil Rathenau, later the founder of AEG. Under the Empire he followed a career as an industrial employer which took him to the board of AEG (1899) as proprietor of the Berlin Handels-Gesellschaft (1902), and then to the supervisory board of AEG, of which in 1912 he became chairman. By 1914 Rathenau was one of the most influential German and European major in…

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Sabrow, Martin, “Rathenau, Walther”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 17 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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