Over a period of 11 years, from May 31,
1902 until March 31, 1913, HAPAG’s
general director, Albert Ballin, kept a
hand-written notebook in which he listed the names of guests visiting his city
apartment at Hamburg’s
(beginning in 1902), his country house in Hamfelde near
of 1906), and his villa at Hamburg’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 visitors’ 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> [February 22, 2019].