Walther Rathenau, Man of the World
This chapter discusses Walther Rathenau’s project, Kriegsrohstoffabteilung (KRA), which was established to produce war material supplies during the wake of World War I. The British navy established a blockade between the Shetland Islands and southern Norway to cut off Germany’s trade route of raw materials. Walther Rathenau, a German industrialist, politician, writer, and statesman, proposed the establishment of KRA to supply essential goods for the economy of Germany for a short time. The KRA, under the sponsorship of Wichard von Moellendorff, conducted empirical research on material sourcing. The research was then used to increase the supply of raw materials through the enforcement of resource acquisition in its occupied lands such as Antwerp, Ostend, and Bruges, which had large supplies of sodium nitrate, rubber, wool, and all other urgently needed source materials.
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