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(German ˈraːtənau)
(Biography) Walther (ˈvaltər). 1867–1922, German industrialist and statesman: he organized the German war industries during World War I, became minister of reconstruction (1921) and of foreign affairs (1922), and was largely responsible for the treaty of Rapallo with Russia. His assassination by right-wing extremists caused a furore


(ˈrɑt nˌaʊ)

Walther, 1867–1922, German industrialist.
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Berlin, Sep 19 (Petra) -- Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, on Thursday, received the Walther Rathenau Prize in recognition of her work as an outstanding advocate for peace and understanding between East and West.
And I do so on behalf of the people of Jordan who, every day, through their words and actions, demonstrate the values that defined the life of Walther Rathenau.
The Walther Rathenau Award has been presented annually since 2008 to honor outstanding personalities who have made remarkable contributions to international politics and dialogue.
Walther Rathenau provides us with an important case study.
This kind of redefinition went on in all the belligerent countries during and long after the war, and not only in the totalitarian regimes: every country had its Walther Rathenau, ready to leap into this role.
The text is "Address of Walther Rathenau on Germany's Provision for Raw Materials," December 20, 1915, reprinted in Lutz 1932, 77-90.
A good example of Haffner's journalistic flair is found in the following observations about Walther Rathenau, the German foreign minister who negotiated the Treaty of Rapallo, and Hitler: "If my experience of Germany has taught me anything, it is this: Rathenau and Hitler are the two men who have excited the imagination of the German masses to the utmost--the one by his ineffable culture, the other by his ineffable vileness.
The intentions and activities of political and economic actors appear in new light by this recounting because they are no longer tied to specific side issues (such as Joseph Koeth with demobilization, or Walther Rathenau with fulfilment) but brought into a larger fabric.
Feldman identifies a combination of circumstances - failures in Germany's reparations negotiations, growing internal unrest, the murder of Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau in June 1922 - as having led to the final period of hyperinflation.
The principal victims were the Centre (Catholic) party parliamentarian Matthias Erzberger, who had signed the armistice agreement that signalled the country's catastrophic wartime defeat; Social Democrat Philipp Scheidemann, the prime minister responsible for replacing the monarchy with a republic; and, most spectacularly, Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau, a Jew whose policy of fulfilling the oppressive terms of the Versailles Treaty earned him the hatred of nationalists and anti-Semites alike.
On June 24, 1922, Germany's first (and only) Jewish foreign minister, Walther Rathenau, was shot and murdered by two young right-wing former German officers.
Born in 1867, Walther Rathenau was a true child of imperial Germany and its emancipated Jews.