Arndt, Ernst Moritz

BORN 26 Dec 1769, Groß-Schoritz, Rügen - DIED 29 Jan 1860, Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen
GRAVE LOCATION Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen: Alter Friedhof (Abteilung II, Grabnummer 110-111)

Ernst Arndt studied history and theology in Greifswald and from 1793 onwards in Jena, where he was influenced by Fichte. After his studies he worked as a private tutor and travelled in Europe. In 1800 he settled in Greifswald as a private history teacher. He married in 1800, but his wife died in 1801.

In 1806 he became a professor of History in Greifswald. During the same year he published "Geist der Zeit", a pamphlet directed against Napoleon. He had to flee to Stockholm, where he worked for the government. In 1810 he returned to Greifswald and from there started travelling again. He met Blücher and Von Gneisenau. In 1812 he went to St. Petersburg with Freiherr von Stein to assist in the war against France.

After the war he married again in 1817. His second wife Anna Maria Schleiermacher was the sister of the philosopher Friedrich Schleiermacher. Arndt was engaged at the new University of Bonn in 1818, but his demands for reform caused his arrest in 1819. After his release he was privately involved in literary activities for the next twenty years. In 1840 he was allowed to return as a professor and in 1841 he became the rector of Bonn University. In 1848 he was a deputy at the National Assembly in Frankfurt. After the revolution he continued to lecture and write.

Related persons
• was influenced by Fichte, Johann Gottlieb
• was teacher of Georg II, herzog von Sachsen-Meiningen


The grave of Ernst Moritz Arndt at the Alter Friedhof, Bonn.
Picture by Androom (18 Nov 2001)


The grave of Ernst Moritz Arndt at the Alter Friedhof, Bonn.
Picture by Androom (17 Mar 2022)


Baedeker Berlin, Baedeker Verlag, Stuttgart, 1994
Wikipedia (EN):

Arndt, Minna

Published: 29 Nov 2009
Last update: 03 Nov 2023