Falk, Johannes Daniel

POET, PUBLISHER, PHILANTHROPIST (HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE)
BORN 28 Oct 1768, Danzig (now: Gdansk) - DIED 14 Feb 1826, Weimar, Thüringen
GRAVE LOCATION Weimar, Thüringen: Friedhof vor dem Frauentor (Alter Friedhof)

Johannes Daniel Falk was the son of a wig maker. When he was sixteen years old his father allowed him to study and from 1787 onwards he studied theology in Halle. He never finished his studies and he moved to Weimar with his newly wed wife Caroline Rosenfeld. There he worked as an author and as a publisher, publishing "Taschenbuch für Freunde des Scherzes und der Satyre" (1797-1803). He was friendly with Goethe, Herder and Wieland.

During the French occupation he held political functions that he used to ease the situation for the people of Weimar. In 1813 he founded the Gesellschaft der Freunde in der Not. After the Napoleontic Wars he supported the integration of orphaned children in post war society. He died in 1826 in Weimar.

Sources
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Daniel_Falk

Images

The grave of Johannes Daniel Falk at the Friedhof vor dem Frauentor, Weimar.
Picture by Androom (04 Mar 2009)

 


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Published: 18 Nov 2017
Last update: 18 Nov 2017