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Rathenau, Walther

Born: 1867 AD
Died: 1922 AD, at 54 years of age.

Nationality: German
Categories: Philosophers, Politician


1867 - Born on September 29th in Berlin, Prussia. German-Jewish statesman, industrialist, and philosopher who organized Germany's economy on a war footing during World War I and, after the war, as minister of reconstruction and foreign minister.

1989 - He studied science and philosophy at Berlin University before obtaining his doctorate.

1918 - Wrote the book, The New Economy, where he rejected state nationalization of industry but instead advocated that employees should play a greater role in the management of companies.

1921 - Karl Wirth appointed Rathenau as his minister of reconstruction.

         - He upset right-wing nationalists like Adolf Hitler by arguing that Germany should fulfill Germany's obligations under the Treaty of Versailles.

         - Rathenau also upset German conservatives by negotiated the Treaty of Rapallo with the Soviet Union.

         - He was criticized by the leaders of the Nazi Party who claimed he was part of a Jewish-Communist conspiracy.

1922 - Walther Rathenau was assassinated by two right-wing army officers on June 24th.


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