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The emigration from Wittgenstein to

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The Wittgenstein Bibliography (in German)

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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

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School Chapel in Sassenhausen

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Magazine 1 / 2022

Table of contents

Erika Birkelbach

Wittgensteins Wald-Wunden

Wolfram Martin

Vogel des Jahres 2022: Der Wiedehopf in Wittgenstein

Sigrid Weber-Krafft

Zur Geschichte des Hauses Stolz in Bad Laasphe

Hans Friedrich Petry

Siedlung Odeborn mit der Odebornskirche
– städtischer Friedhof – Ehrenhain

Dieter Bald

Richard Winckel – ein Leben für die Kunst

Friedrich Opes

Der Nachlass des Heinrich Benfer aus Langewiese

Peter Schneider

Das Magdalenenhochwasser von 1342

Stefan Vomhof

Wittgenstein in der zweiten Hälfte des 18. Jahrhunderts

Andreas Krüger

Ergänzung: Bibliografisches zu Wittgenstein


Hinweis auf Internationale Tagung zum Berleburger Pietismus in Gotha

Wolfram Martin

In Wittgenstein angekommen: Der Silberreiher

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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:

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