Walther Rathenau

  • walther rathenau
    walther rathenau.jpg
    foreign minister of germany
    in office
    1 february – 24 june 1922
    presidentfriedrich ebert
    chancellorjoseph wirth
    preceded byjoseph wirth (acting)
    succeeded byjoseph wirth (acting)
    personal details
    born(1867-09-29)29 september 1867
    berlin, kingdom of prussia
    died24 june 1922(1922-06-24) (aged 54)
    berlin, free state of prussia, weimar republic
    political partygerman democratic party
    relationsemil rathenau (father)
    professionindustrialist, politician, writer

    walther rathenau (29 september 1867 – 24 june 1922) was a german industrialist, writer and liberal politician.

    during the first world war, he was involved in the organization of the german war economy. after the war, rathenau served as german foreign minister during the weimar republic.

    rathenau initiated the treaty of rapallo, which removed major obstacles to trading with soviet russia. although russia was already aiding germany's secret rearmament programme, right-wing nationalist groups branded rathenau a revolutionary, when he was in fact a moderate liberal who openly condemned soviet methods. they also resented his background as a successful jewish businessman.[citation needed]

    two months after signing the treaty, he was assassinated in berlin by the right-wing terrorist group organisation consul. some members of the public viewed rathenau as a democratic martyr until the nazis banned all commemorations of him.[citation needed]

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Walther Rathenau
Walther Rathenau.jpg
Foreign Minister of Germany
In office
1 February – 24 June 1922
PresidentFriedrich Ebert
ChancellorJoseph Wirth
Preceded byJoseph Wirth (acting)
Succeeded byJoseph Wirth (acting)
Personal details
Born(1867-09-29)29 September 1867
Berlin, Kingdom of Prussia
Died24 June 1922(1922-06-24) (aged 54)
Berlin, Free State of Prussia, Weimar Republic
Political partyGerman Democratic Party
RelationsEmil Rathenau (father)
ProfessionIndustrialist, Politician, Writer

Walther Rathenau (29 September 1867 – 24 June 1922) was a German industrialist, writer and liberal politician.

During the First World War, he was involved in the organization of the German war economy. After the war, Rathenau served as German Foreign Minister during the Weimar Republic.

Rathenau initiated the Treaty of Rapallo, which removed major obstacles to trading with Soviet Russia. Although Russia was already aiding Germany's secret rearmament programme, right-wing nationalist groups branded Rathenau a revolutionary, when he was in fact a moderate liberal who openly condemned Soviet methods. They also resented his background as a successful Jewish businessman.[citation needed]

Two months after signing the treaty, he was assassinated in Berlin by the right-wing terrorist group Organisation Consul. Some members of the public viewed Rathenau as a democratic martyr until the Nazis banned all commemorations of him.[citation needed]