Over a period of 11 years, from May 31,
1902 until March 31, 1913, HAPAGâ€™s
general director, Albert Ballin, kept a
hand-written notebook in which he listed the names of guests visiting his city
apartment at Hamburgâ€™s
(beginning in 1902), his country house in Hamfelde near
of 1906), and his villa at Hamburgâ€™s
(as of 1909). He also noted who did not accept his
invitations and commented on individual events. The notebook represents a source
belonging to the genre of ego-documents and has the character of a guest book,
although there are no visitorsâ€™ signatures as is usual for guest books.
kept this document, which consists of 158 unpaginated pages and is privately
owned today, as a memory aid for his own private use.
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Handwritten Notebook of Albert Ballin, Hamburg, June 1910 [Excerpt] (translated by Insa Kummer), edited in: Key Documents of German-Jewish History,
<https://dx.doi.org/10.23691/jgo:source-14.en.v1> [April 21, 2018].