Balthasar Herberz

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Balthasar Herberz (born August 8, 1853 in Uerdingen , † March 18, 1932 in Terijoki ; full name Balthasar Johann Wilhelm Herberz ) was a German - Russian industrialist .


Balthasar Herberz began studying metallurgy at the Aachen Polytechnic in the winter semester of 1870/71 . He was one of the first students at the newly created university. A year later he was one of the reconstitution renaissance of the Corps Rhenania , which had existed from 1855 to 1865 at the Zurich Polytechnic . In the winter semester of 1872/73 he moved to the Bergakademie Freiberg to continue his studies and joined the Corps Montania here .

Just a few years after completing his studies, he took over the management of the Petersburg iron and wire works. As the general director of this large company, he had an influence on the Russian economy for decades. He was instrumental in founding the Donets-Yurovsk Metallurgical Society and the Mining Society of Southern Russia. He also played a prominent role in Russian cultural life, albeit a German. He was State Councilor and Deputy Chairman of the welfare institutions of the Empress mother Maria. As an art collector, he owned the second largest Russian collection of rare bronzes . In 1883 he was one of the founders of the St. Petersburg Weinheimer-Alte-Herren-Vereinigung.

During the October Revolution , Herberz lost his position and most of his fortune and retired to his holiday home on the edge of the forest in Zelenogorsk , which belonged to the young Finnish republic as Terijoki from 1917 until the Finnish-Soviet winter war of 1939/40. He died here in 1932 at the age of 78.


  • 150 years of the Corps Rhenania Zurich-Aachen-Braunschweig, 1855-2005. Braunschweig 2005, pp. 48, 61-72, 310.

Individual evidence

  1. Yearbook for mining and metallurgy in the Kingdom of Saxony to the year 1873, p. 188 ( Memento of the original from November 9, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF; 1.8 MB)  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /