Bach, Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst b. May 27, 1759 d. December 25, 1845 Composer. He was the only grandson of Johann Sebastian Bach to achieve fame as a musician. His symphonies, cantatas and chamber music were firmly in the Classical style of Haydn and Mozart. Bach was born in Bueckeberg, Germany, where his father, Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, was the longtime music director. He studied briefly in Hamburg with his uncle, C.P.E. Bach, and for three years in London with Johann Christian Bach, before receiving his first conducting appointment at Minden in...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Friedhof der Sophiengemeinde II, Berlin-Mitte, Mitte, Berlin, Germany
Chodowiecki, Daniel Nikolaus b. October 16, 1726 d. February 7, 1801 Painter. Largely self-taught, Daniel achieved his first popular success with the sentimental painting The Parting of Jean Calas from His Family (1767), which shows the influence of Greuze. He began engraving in 1758. The bulk of his work was in illustrating scientific books by Basedow, Buffon, Lavater, Pestalozzi and others. He also painted many portraits of Polish gentry and was interested in Huguenot and Polish history as well, making some paintings on the topic. He was in tune with the...[Read More] (Bio by: Shock) Französischer Friedhof I, Berlin-Mitte, Mitte, Berlin, Germany
Friederike Luise of Hessen-Darmstadt (Hohenzollerns) (Friederike Luise) b. October 6, 1751 d. August 14, 1805 German Nobility. Daughter of Landgrave Ludwig IX. von Hessen Darmstadt. She married Friedrich Wilhelm, nephew and heir of King Friedrich II, on July 14, 1769. He barely noticed her and preferred the nearness of his mistress Wilhelmine Encke. Until 1783 she became mother of 7 children which she loved and cared for. They lived with her mother at the Castle Monbijou. After her husband had succeeded Friedrich II. he married morganatically twice without getting a divorce and she had no choice but to...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Cause of death: Stroke Berliner Dom, Berlin-Mitte, Mitte, Berlin, Germany
Heydrich, Reinhard b. March 7, 1904 d. June 4, 1942 Nazi SS General and leader of the Reich Security Office (RSHA), which was an umbrella organization including the Gestapo, the criminal police, and the internal Security Service. Heydrich was one of the main authors of the Nazi "Final Solution" and Holocaust against the Jews. Often called the "Blond Beast," he was ruthless in his persecution. His car was attacked and bombed by Free Czech agents in Prague on May 27, 1942, and he died later of his wounds. This action brought down massive reprisals...[Read More] Cause of death: A piece of grenade-shrapnel lodged in his back which eventually caused gangrene Invalidenfriedhof, Berlin-Mitte, Mitte, Berlin, Germany Plot: Section C, between the large plots of Oven and Scharnhorst.
Moltke, Gen. Helmuth Von b. May 25, 1848 d. June 18, 1916 Military Figure. Usually called Helmuth von Moltke "the Younger" or "the Nephew," to distinguish him from his famous uncle of the same name. Moltke the Younger fought in the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71) and rose to become a Field Marshall and Chief of the German General Staff (1906-1914). His cautious handling of the initial German attacks in World War I is often blamed for the German defeat at the Marne in Sept. 1914, after which he suffered a nervous breakdown and was dismissed. Moltke died...[Read More] (Bio by: Geoff Walden) Invalidenfriedhof, Berlin-Mitte, Mitte, Berlin, Germany
of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel, Elisabeth Christine b. November 8, 1715 d. January 13, 1797 German Nobility. Queen consort to King Friedrich II. the Great of Prussia. The marriage was completely for political reasons. He was unwilling to marry her, but his father had imprisoned him in the Castle Küstrin and the only chance to be released was to marry. After the marriage in 1733 they lived in the Castle Rheinsberg. In 1740 Friedrich succeeded his father and the couple lived in different places from then on. She lived in the castle Niederschönhausen while he built Sans Souci which she...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Berliner Dom, Berlin-Mitte, Mitte, Berlin, Germany
of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel, Elisabeth Christine b. November 9, 1746 d. February 18, 1840 German Nobility. First wife of Friedrich Wilhelm, later King Friedrich Wilhelm II. of Prussia. Not to be confused with her aunt, that married King Friedrich II. the Great. Friedrich the Great married her to Friedrich Wilhelm, a womanizer, in hope to bring some calmness into his life. While her husband had fun with his mistress and other woman she took the same rights for herself. The King tried to safe the marriage several times without success. The pair was divorced in 1769 and she was...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Berliner Dom, Berlin-Mitte, Mitte, Berlin, Germany