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Albert Ballin

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Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Death: Died in Hamburg, Germany
Cause of death: suicide
Place of Burial: Hamburg, Germany
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Joel Joseph Ballin and Amalia Meyer
Husband of Marianne Rauert
Father of Irmgard Emma Auguste Anna Bielfeld
Brother of Rose Ballin

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About Albert Ballin

Albert Ballin von Johannes Gerhardt

http://hup.sub.uni-hamburg.de/volltexte/2009/95/pdf/HamburgUP_MfW_06_Ballin.pdf

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Ballin

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Albert Ballin (15 August 1857 – 9 November 1918) was a German businessman, who was the general director of the Hamburg America Line, at times the world's largest shipping company. Facing the loss of his company's ships, Ballin committed suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills in 1918 two days before the end of World War I. Ballin is the father of modern cruise ship travel.

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Albert Ballin's Timeline

1857
August 15, 1857
Hamburg, Germany
1883
1883
Age 25
1892
1892
Age 34
Hamburg, Germany
1913
1913
Age 55

Kaiser Wilhelm II (left) in conversation with Albert Ballin, on the promenade deck of the "Imperator", summer 1913.

Albert Ballin was the only Jew, not converted to Christianity, with whom Kaiser Wilhelm II had a personal relationship. However, the court including the empress, made no attempt to hide what they thought of the Jewish shipowner. The emperor maintained his close personal relationship with the man whose imposing ships flew the German flag the world over. In 1912, Kaiser Wilhelm II came especially to Hamburg for the launching of the luxury steamer Imperator.

Hamburg Museum:
Ein Teil der Hamburger Juden, darunter der Reeder Albert Ballin, stand dem übersteigerten Nationalismus und den weitreichenden Kriegszielen des Deutschen Reiches aber distanziert gegenüber und geriet auch mit seiner Forderung nach einer Demokratisierung des Stadtstaates in Gegensatz zu den Hamburger Führungsschichten.

Während des Kaiserreiches und der Weimarer Republik wurden in Hamburg vier jüdische Reedereien gegründet. Juden arbeiteten aber auch in leitenden Stellungen anderer Schifffahrtslinien; der Generaldirektor der' HAPAG, Albert Ballin, gehörte neben dem Bankier Max M. Warburg zu den besonders einflussreichen Persönlichkeiten seiner Zeit.

1918
November 9, 1918
Age 61
Hamburg, Germany
1957
1957
Age 61

A postage stamp was released by the Deutsche Bundespost in 1957.

1967
January 7, 1967
Age 61
Alta, Finnmark, Norway
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Hamburg, Germany