The Waldorf-Astoria-Zigarettenfabrik (English:Waldorf-Astoria Cigarette Factory) was a German
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 company, established by Emil Molt
Emil Molt
Emil Molt was a German businessman, social reformer and anthroposophist. He was the director of the Waldorf-Astoria-Zigarettenfabrik, and with Rudolf Steiner co-founded the first Waldorf school. Hence, Waldorf education was named after the company.-External links:*...

 and several other partners on January 1, 1906. It was named after Johann Jakob Astor, born in 1763 in Walldorf
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, who after emigrating to the United States
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 became the richest man of the world.

The company was successful and employed around 1,000 people in 1919. However, it experienced difficulties in the second half of the 1920s due to outdated production methods and the global economic situation, and a competing trust took over a large portion of the shares. In 1929, the company was liquidated. However, the Waldorf-Astoria tobacco brand, with the portrait of Johann Jacob Astor, was taken over by a different company and is currently produced by Reemtsma
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Waldorf-Astoria became famous for giving its name to Waldorf education. On September 7, 1919, Emil Molt established the first Waldorf school in cooperation with Rudolf Steiner
Rudolf Steiner
Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner was an Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect, and esotericist. He gained initial recognition as a literary critic and cultural philosopher...

. It was a school for the children of the Waldorf-Astoria employees, that was based upon Steiner's ideas.
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