Morgenstern, Lina

BORN 25 Nov 1830, Breslau (now: Wroclaw) - DIED 16 Dec 1909, Berlin
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Jüdischer Friedhof, Markus-Reich-Platz 1, Weissensee (Feld U1, Reihe 11, 36 262 (Ehrengrab))

Lina Morgenstern was the daughter of the Jewish factory manager Albert Bauer and his wife Fanny. He family was committed to social causes. In 1854 she married Theodor Morgenstern (1827-1910) and they settled in Berlin. They had five children. She started writing articles about education and childcare to add to the family income.

The writings of Friedrich Fröbel (1782-1852) turned her attention to social work. In 1859 together with Adolf Lette she founded an organisation that promoted the establishment of kindergartens in Berlin. She presided over it from 1862 to 1866. In 1866 she founded Berlin's first public kitchen, earning her the nickname Suppen-Lina. In 1868 she created a foundation for the protection of children. She was involved in several further organisations like the Berlin Housewives’ Association and was active in national and international women's organisations. In 1908 she died in Berlin.


The grave of Lina Morgenstern at the Jüdischer Friedhof Weissensee, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (09 Aug 2020)


Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Lexikon: Morgenstern, Lina
Lina Morgenstern - Wikipedia
Lina Morgenstern | Jewish Women's Archive

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Published: 11 Sep 2020
Last update: 14 Dec 2021