Hope for a better life (in German)

The emigration from Wittgenstein to

America in the 18th and 19th century

by Mr. Heinrich Imhof

560 pages and more than 5400 emigrants

Price 38,- Euro (plus shipping if necessary)

For further information please contact the author Mr. H. Imhof

e-mail H.Imhof@gmx.de

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The Wittgenstein Bibliography (in German)

by A. Krueger

The price is 28 € plus shipping outside Germany. 472 pages

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Inscription; Lotzes house in Wunderthausen

Lotzes house in Wunderthausen

Photo: P. Riedesel, USA

The Ludwigsburg in Bad Berleburg

The Ludwigsburg in

Bad Berleburg

Photo: P. Riedesel, USA

Inscription; the School Chapel in Sassenhausen

School Chapel in Sassenhausen

Photo: P. Riedesel, USA

The Master Builder, Mannus Riedesel

Relatively little is known about the life of the renowned builder, Hermann (Mannus) Riedesel. He was born in 1662 in the house known as “Herjes” in the hamlet of Melbach in Wittgenstein. His baptismal record gives his name as “Johann Mannus”, but it was customary to be known by one’s middle name, and Mannus is understood as a nickname for Hermann. He was married twice and had five known children. Riedesel died in 1726 and is buried in the churchyard at Raumland, though gravestones were not used in those days.

How he learned his craft as a carpenter and builder, or where he might have apprenticed is simply not known. There was no guild system in Wittgenstein, and skilled builders were usually brought in from the outside. It appears that he learned a great deal more during his training than basic carpentry. The carved figures and other decorations which feature in his work are something of a mystery yet today. How many projects he worked on is unknown and many are probably lost to time. Only a dozen or so are known to us today. His most impressive structures in Wittgenstein were built between 1691-1726, including the following:

Known literature about „Mannus Riedesel” here.

We offer a number of older Wittgenstein magazines for sale.

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Magazine 2 / 2022

Table of contents

Heidemarie Horaczek-Körnert


Hans Wied

Es Rotkäppche on da bease Wolf.

Ein Märchen der Brüder Grimm in Feudinger Mundart

Jan Siegemund

Wittgensteiner Kriminalitätsgeschichte des Spätmittelalters und der Frühen Neuzeit

Wolfram Martin

Wittgenstein im Wandel. Impressionen einer sterbenden Landschaft

Paul Riedesel

Historische Heiratsmuster in Wittgenstein

Dieter Bald

EJOT – eine Wittgensteiner Abkürzung mit Weltruf

Frank Henk

„Mein letzter Wille”. Auslegung des Testaments von Gustav-Albrecht Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg vom 26. Juni 1943

Matthias Seim

Zum Verhältnis zwischen Landesherr und Residenz in der sog. Südgrafschaft – die Beschwerden der Stadt Laasphe von 1722

Wolfram Martin

Muffelbegegnungen in Wittgensteins Wäldern

Stefan Vomhof

Wo Eisen unter den Hammer kommt. Hammerwerke in unserer Region

Roland Scholz



Andreas Krüger

Dieter Bald, Information zwischen Pflicht und Gefühl, Todesanzeigen im Wittgensteiner Kreisblatt


Hinweis und Einladung zur JHV in Berghausen

The Wittgenstein Family Database

This genealogical database covers the old district of Wittgenstein from the beginning of written records up to the year 1875. It includes over 150,000 individuals. Most of the records were compiled and organized by Mr. Jochen Karl Mehldau over a period of many years. In 2018, he generously donated his files to state archive of North Rhine-Westphalia. The archive has now made them free to the public in the ‘gedcom’ format, which can be read by most genealogical software. The original file with extensive documentation (in German) may be downloaded from:


Local researchers have made a few additions and corrections to that database.

Recent versions may be downloaded from:


Die Wittgensteiner Familiendatei mit rd. 152.000 Datensätzen title page of magazine 2 / 2022

The Wittgensteiner Heimatverein invites the submission of materials to be considered for future publication in its periodical, „Wittgenstein: Blätter des Wittgensteiner Heimatvereins e.V.”

 Manuscripts should be sent to whv-schriftleitung@wichtig.ms and should adhere to these writing guidelines <Hinweise und Richtlinien>. They must be written in German.




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