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How it all began - the story of Max von Engel

History has it, that in the year 1905 the wood trader Max von Engel (1857-1933) from Budapest travelled in Switzerland and noticed at Lucerne railway station, how sparks from the chimney of a steam locomotive fell onto the platform, where travel luggage stood ready for transportation.

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Because he was aware of the limited liability of the Railway Company, he got the idea to insure travel luggage. He proposed the idea in 1907 to Carl von Thieme, the founder and general manager of Munich Re, who liked it so much that both gentlemen on 9 May 1907 founded the first (Hungarian) "European" in the house of Max von Engel in Pest.

The young and therefore completely unknown company had some difficulties to register the name "European", because the appropriate official thought the meaning was far out of proportion. Max von Engel eventually overcame this difficulty.

The new company developed quickly and raised its capital for the first time in 1910. Max von Engel kept 10% of the capital in person, the rest was divided equally between Munich Re and Generali.

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Agreement of 1920
The "European" expands all across Europe

The first international association of "Europeans"

The "Internationaler Verein von Europäischen Reiseversicherer" (IVE) under Swiss law

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The European Travel Insurance Group

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