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Rathenau’s Villa Converted into “aryan” Actors’ Club

The villa of Walter Rathenau, late Foreign Minister, who was of Jewish origin, was converted today into a club for “Aryan” actors by order of Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda. A tablet in Dr. Rathenau’s memory was removed. Dr. Rathenau’s mother presented the villa, which is in the Gruenewald section of Berlin, to the State after his assassination in June, 1922, by an anti-Semite. He was the first Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Weimar Republic.

The action was in the line with the policy of the Third Reich of removing memorials for Jewish officials. In 1933, a street in Leipzig named after him was renamed after the late Theodor Fritsch, anti-Semitic theoretician.