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German monument: Bad Freienwalde sells its Rathenau castle

es was none other than Gerhart Hauptmann, then the best-known poet in Germany, who spoke. He handed the property over to the public with the solemn words: “Just like me in a happy time, the hospitable gates of Park and Schloss Freienwalde are now open to everyone, a blessing for many generations that may become a beautiful, permanent monument to his donor. “It was in 1927, and eighty years later, after the palace and Walther-Rathenau memorial were reopened after thorough restoration, the blessing was not commemorated.

Because the “donor”, ​​the noble donor, was actually none other than the first and so far only Jewish foreign minister in Germany who fell victim to an act of terrorism by the fanatized anti-Semitic rights on June 24, 1922 after only five months in office. However, the clever man, probably the greatest political potency of the Weimar Republic alongside Stresemann, had made provisions.


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