Academic Year 2010-2011

Event Title

Walther Rathenau’s Life and Death: A German Jewish Legacy

Disciplines

European History | Jewish Studies

Description

This presentation explores the life of Walther Rathenau, a prominent businessman who became a well-respected Foreign Minister of Germany during the Weimar Republic. Even though Rathenau was ambivalent about his Jewish heritage, the radical right could not tolerate a Jew having so much influence on German policy. In 1922, Rathenau was assassinated. Had he lived, Rathenau would have been a very formidable opponent of the Nazis, and Hitler might never have assumed the chancellorship in 1933.

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Walther Rathenau’s Life and Death: A German Jewish Legacy

This presentation explores the life of Walther Rathenau, a prominent businessman who became a well-respected Foreign Minister of Germany during the Weimar Republic. Even though Rathenau was ambivalent about his Jewish heritage, the radical right could not tolerate a Jew having so much influence on German policy. In 1922, Rathenau was assassinated. Had he lived, Rathenau would have been a very formidable opponent of the Nazis, and Hitler might never have assumed the chancellorship in 1933.