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Hoffmann von Fallersleben

August Heinrich Hoffmann, known as Hoffmann von Fallersleben (born April 2, 1798 in Fallersleben, electorate of Braunschweig-Lüneburg, deceased on January 19, 1874 in Corvey) was a German university lecturer for German philology who contributed significantly to the establishment of the subject as a scientific discipline, poet as well as collector and publisher of ancient writings from different languages. He wrote the later German national anthem, the Song of the Germans, as well as numerous popular children's songs. To distinguish it from other bearers of the frequent family name Hoffmann, he adopted the origin of Fallersleben as an addition.

1820 until 1845: Henriette of Schwachenberg and Hoffmann von Fallersleben - the unfulfilled love

In March of 1820 August Heinrich Hoffmann, known as Hoffmann von Fallersleben (the writer of the "Germany Song"), decided to walk from Bonn to his family in Fallersleben.

With light luggage and full of exuberance he went his way along with Wilhelm Hengstenberg. Probably you would recorgnized them as students on the walk: Baseball cap, scarf, German rock, a mighty Ziegenhainer, a short pipe with black, red and gold tassels and a tobacco pouch hanging around the breast.

Happily they arrived in our beautiful Wetter - the home of Wilhelm Hengstenberg - and from there they moved to the neighboring Good Haus Hove. The lady of the house, Henrietta of Schwachenberg, greeted the two friends very friendly. After a divorce she had again taken her maiden name and was now living with two small children and her widowed father.

In a letter to Hoffmann, she wrote: "We women are not to be envied indeed. Our luck's been great when we are not unhappy." Hoffmann began to love the 5 years older woman seriously. He courted sincere, but found cautious reserve. She felt a great affection for the young man, but she did not escape external constraints and her negative experiences. Disappointed Hoffmann withdrew.

1842 Henriette, who married again but continued following Hoffmann's life and work with interest, had heared of the dismissal as a professor of the University and of the expulsion from Wroclaw. She wrote to him immediately and offered him support - including financial. In 1844 they met in Bad Soden. There Hoffmann also got to know Henrietta's second husband, the lawyer Gustav Foerster. A year later, in December 1845, she died.

Leaving behind was a lasting friendship between Foerster and Hoffmann von Fallersleben.

Picture gallery (2)

In the years 1819-2016, this picture gallery has been developed with impressions about Hoffmann von Fallersleben. We cordially invite you to browse through this portfolio. Click on an image to enter the gallery mode. If you are an ambitious photographer, we would appreciate if you enrich this collection by providing your picture.