Blind, Karl

AUTHOR, POLITICAL AGITATOR (GERMANY)
BORN 4 Sep 1826, Mannheim - DIED 31 May 1907, London: Hampstead
GRAVE LOCATION Woking, Surrey: Brookwood Cemetery (Plot 100)

Karl Blind studied in Bonn and Heidelberg. He was sympathetic to the democratical movement and in 1848 he joined the revolution in Baden. After the revolutions in Germany failed he received a prison sentence of eight years for his pamphlet "German Hunger and German Princes". He was locked up in Rastatt fortress, but in 1849 he was freed by rebellious soldiers and he fled to France. But there he was suspected of plotting against Louis Napoléon Bonaparte with Alexandre Ledru-Rollin and he was forced to leave France for Belgium.

In 1852 he moved to London, where he continued to propagate democrary and republicanism. He was in contact with people like Mazzini, Garibaldi and Kossuth. He also published works on history and mythology and worked for several German papers. He died in his house in Hampstead in 1907. His wife Friederike died in 1917 and was buried beside him at Brookwood Cemetery near Woking. The poet Mathilde Blind was his stepdaughter.

Sources
Wikipedia (German)

Images

The grave of Karl Blind at Brookwood Cemetery, Woking.
Picture by Androom (25 Jun 2009)

 


Blish, James Benjamin

Published: 31 Oct 2009
Last update: 31 Oct 2009