Deutsche Bank 1870 - 1944 (in German)

Founded as an a joint-stock company, Deutsche Bank has been obliged to publish its trading results in printed form from the very beginning, though the scope of said reports was rather limited in earlier years. The annual report from the bank’s founding year 1870 is just five pages long. From 1874 onwards, economic observations were prefixed to the actual report. In this way, even at this early point, the bank’s development was observed in relation to the times.

The merger of Deutsche Bank and Disconto-Gesellschaft in 1929 certainly constituted the greatest organizational turning point in the history of the “old” Deutsche Bank Berlin up to that point. It was a development which was of course reflected in the annual reports of the now unified institution, too – in statements on individual branches, personnel changes in leading positions and major commitments, for example.