• Marriage Contract of Emile Mayrisch and Aline de Saint-Hubert (13.09.1894 – Notary Pierre BRASSEUR, Eich)

    In September 1894, the young Aline de Saint-Hubert, daughter of Xavier de Saint-Hubert, married the engineer Emile Mayrisch, the future boss of the combined steelworks of Burbach-Eich-Dudelange (Arbed). The young couple settled in the Kräizbierg villa, near the Dudelange factory, of which Emile Mayrisch became director in 1897. Twenty years later, the Mayrisch-Saint-Hubert couple acquired the Colpach estate with its castle. By welcoming Belgian, French and German intellectuals, Colpach reflected the humanist and conciliatory, even European, spirit of the couple, while giving birth to the Franco-German Committee for Information and Documentation, known as the Mayrisch Committee, whose aim was to bring France and Germany closer together after the horrors of the Great War.

    National Archives of Luxembourg (ANLux), MCN-00164-174, Marriage contract of Emile Mayrisch and Aline de Saint-Hubert, 13.09.1894.

  • Notarial deed of incorporation of Arbed (30.10.1911 – Notary Jules Camille GRUBER, EICH)

    At the instigation of Emile Mayrisch and Gaston Barbanson, an extraordinary general meeting held on 30 October 1911 by the shareholders of the Société Anonyme des Hauts-Fouraux et Forges de Dudelange, the Société Anonyme des Mines de Luxembourg et des Forges de Sarrebruck and the Société en commandite des Forges d’Eich Le Gallais-Metz & Cie decided to merge the three companies that had long been related. This gave rise to the SA des Aciéries Réunies de Burbach-Eich-Dudelange, better known by its abbreviated name ARBED. The new konzern quickly became one of the main players in the European and even global steel industry. It played a leading role in particular in reconciling the winners and losers of the Great War, when, in 1926, it pushed for the formation of the International Steel Agreement (ISA), often identified with the precursor organisation of the first European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) of the 1950s. The Arbed group led an autonomous existence until it became part of the Arcelor companies (2002) and then ArcelorMittal (2007).

    National Archives of Luxembourg (ANLux), MCN-03783-193, Deed of incorporation of ARBED, 1911.

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