|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.