Until 7 January 2024 at the Jewish Museum Frankfurt
The exhibition is dedicated to Wilhelm Merton, his life, work and activities. Born into a Jewish family in Frankfurt in 1848, Merton contributed to the development of the city and was involved in social reforms for the benefit of its inhabitants. A captain of industry, Merton founded the Metallgesellschaft in 1881, which went on to become one of the world’s largest non-ferrous mining companies. His immense success motivated him to share his wealth, campaigning for workers’ rights to pensions, medical care and improved conditions in many areas – taboo subjects at the height of the industrial revolution. He financed numerous social and cultural institutions and became the largest donor to Frankfurt University.