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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


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The Wittgenstein Bibliography (in German)

by A. Krueger

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

For further information please contact:

or via mail to:

The Genealogical Wittgenstein Family Database

This genealogical database includes the former county of Wittgenstein.

It covers the time from the beginning of the written notes till 1875 and contains about 152000 data entries respectively people.

You can download the GEDCOM-file Datei here.

In addition you can look at the online-version of the database here.

Dr. Paul Riedesel in Bad Berleburg, Germany

For more than 30 years, Dr. Paul Riedesel from Minneapolis/USA has been a member of the Wittgenstein Heimatverein. His ancestors left their home village of Wunderthausen in the 19th century. In 1992 he wrote his first article for our periodical on the “Wittgensteiner Riedesels in Amerika”, and it was followed by numerous subsequent publications.

In September 2021, his article “Der Tod ist Gast im Haus: Sterblichkeit im Altkreis Wittgenstein” (Death is a Guest in the House: Mortality in the Old District of Wittgenstein) appeared in our association magazine. Normally, Paul Riedesel’s copy would have been sent by mail to the United States. But the author took advantage of his stay in Germany this time to pick it up in person. On Saturday, October 16, 2021, he and his wife Joyce came from Berlin to Bad Berleburg, where Dieter Bald paid tribute to Dr. Riedesel’s many years of collaboration as an author and presented him with the current issue “Wittgenstein” while drinking coffee at the Bald home. Heinrich Imhof and his wife also joined the gathering. They presented the American guests with a rare old book (“Der Perner von Arfeld”) and a hand-sewn bag for Joyce’s knitting.

Dr. Paul Riedesel aus Minneapolis / USA in Bad Berleburg

Magazine 3 / 2021
Wittgenstein. Blätter des Wittgensteiner Heimatvereins e.V.

magazine 3 / 2021

Table of contents

Florentine Goswin-Benfer


Vorstand des WHV

Hinweis und Einladung zur JHV 2022 in Bad Berleburg

Joachim Völkel

Erndtebrück unter Wasser? Hochwasser und Dammbruch in Ludwigseck

Marco Hofheinz

Eine politisch motivierte Publikation?

Das Erscheinen von Josef Bohatecs Studie „Calvin und das Recht” in Feudingen im Jahr 1934. Eine literaturgeschichtliche Spurensuche

Wolfram Martin

Bergfinken im Tal des Schüllarbaches

Bernd Stremmel

„De Viehkasse”. Rindviehversicherung der ehemaligen Gemeinde Berghausen

Wolfgang Birkelbach

Die Erinnerungen von Sophie Dreisbach, geborene Graeber, an ihre Vorfahren ( Teil III – Schluss )

Roland Scholz

Wittgensteins Türen und Tore – ( Teil II – Schluss )

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.

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


Excursion of the Wittgensteiner Heimatverein with the theme:

Jewish Life in Wittgenstein — Seeking Traces

Bad Laasphe: September 27, 2022 at 2:00pm. Meet at the old synagogue at Mauerstraße 44.

Limited to 15 people.

Please register with Bernd Stremmel, Tel: 02751 58 33,




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