Karg-Elert, Sigfrid b. November 21, 1877 d. April 9, 1933 Composer and Organist. He was born Siegfried Karg in Oberndorf am Neckar, Germany. Although he showed early musical talent, his family was poor and he was forced to study to become a school teacher. At 16 he rebelled against their wishes and spent the next three years as a wandering freelance musician. He was finally arrested for trying to obtain false identity papers, and sent back home. By 1897 he was studying at the Leipzig Conservatory, paying for his tuition by playing piano in beer...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Südfriedhof (South Cemetery), Leipzig, Leipziger Stadtkreis, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
Kelling, Dr. Georg [cenotaph] b. July 7, 1866 d. February 14, 1945 Medical Doctor and Surgeon. Inventor of Laparoscopy. He studied medicine at the University of Leipzig and, due to his military service, at the Unversity of Berlin. He graduated from Leipzig in 1890, with an emphasis on gastroenterology, and then continued his education in Berlin in 1891, which was noted for research in this area. He opened a practice in that field in Dresden in 1896 and also began to research endoscopic techniques, inventing an early endoscope. He is considered to have...[Read More] (Bio by: Kenneth Gilbert) Alter Annenfriedhof, Dresden, Dresdener Stadtkreis, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany Plot: A simple grave stone of the family grave at the cemetery in Anne Dresden.
Kurth, Günter b. January 30, 1933 d. October 4, 2015 Opera Singer. A dramatic tenor, he is remembered for his long career in his country's principal venues. Raised in eastern Germany, he originally studied painting but was drawn to the stage and after winning a vocal contest was accepted for training in his native city; he joined the local opera house as a chorister, initially as a baritone, but after moving to the Kleist Theatre of Frankfurt was converted to tenor and tasked with parts of increasing importance. After refining his skills, he...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Südfriedhof, Leipzig, Leipziger Stadtkreis, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany Plot: XVII, B
Marbach, Johanna Rosalie b. March 4, 1805 d. October 12, 1837 Actress. Sister of Richard Wagner. Was the first to play Gretchen in Goethes "Faust." After her step-father Ludwig Geyer died she she earned the money for the family. She married the Leipziger Professor Oswald Marbach in 1836. She was buried on the North site of the cemetery. The headstone was moved during the 1990s to the current location. (Bio by: Lutetia) Alter Johannisfriedhof, Leipzig, Leipziger Stadtkreis, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany Plot: Section V.
Masur, Kurt b. July 18, 1927 d. December 19, 2015 Symphony Conductor. Masur was born in Brieg, Lower Silesia, Germany, which is now Opole Voivodeship (Province) in Poland. He studied composition, keyboard, and conducting at the Music College of Leipzig. In 1955 he was appointed as conductor of the Dresden (East Germany) Philharmonic. He also was music director of the Komische Oper of East Berlin. In 1970, he spent 26 years as music director of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. When Germany was reunited on Oct. 3, 1990, he conducted Beethoven's...[Read More] (Bio by: Christian) Südfriedhof, Leipzig, Leipziger Stadtkreis, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
Mattheuer, Wolfgang b. April 7, 1927 d. April 7, 2004 Painter, Sculptor, Graphic Artist. He studied in Leipzig at the Academy of Visual Arts. Between 1953 and 1974 he taught there and became member of the Academy of Arts of the GDR in 1978. He marched in the so-called "Montagsdemonstrationen" (Monday demonstrations) in Leipzig in 1989 that initiated the fall of the Government of the GDR. His sculpture "Mann mit Maske" ("Man with Mask") was placed at his grave in April 2005. (Bio by: Lutetia) Südfriedhof (South Cemetery), Leipzig, Leipziger Stadtkreis, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany Plot: middle of Section II.
May, Karl b. February 25, 1842 d. March 30, 1912 Author of travel and adventure stories, dealing with desert Arabs or American Indians in the Old West. Karl May was the son of a weaver. There were 14 children in the family but nine died at an early age. May was blind for the first five years of his life. May become a schoolteacher at an elementary school. He had graduated at the age of 19 from Plauen. He had also studied in Waldenburg but he was fired from the school when he stole six candles to take them home. His career was ruined when he...[Read More] (Bio by: Jelena) Friedhof Radebeul-Ost, Radebeul, Meißener Landkreis, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
Meyer, Hans b. March 22, 1858 d. July 5, 1929 Geographer, Mountaineer. He and Ludwig Purtscheller were the first to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, on Oct. 6. 1889. His father was the publisher Herrmann Julius Meyer. He studied history, botanic and germanistics on the universities of Leipzig and Berlin. He traveled Asia, North and South America and wrote several books about these travels. In 1884 he took over the science section of the Meyer publishing Company. In 1969 the government of Tanzania erected a memorial plate on the South side of the...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Südfriedhof (South Cemetery), Leipzig, Leipziger Stadtkreis, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany Plot: Section III.
Naumann, Johann Gottlieb b. April 17, 1741 d. October 23, 1801 Composer. An important German figure of the Classical period, he did his most significant work in Scandinavia. His historical drama "Gustaf Wasa" (1786) was regarded as Sweden's national opera for more than a century. Naumann was born in Blasewitz, Germany, and received initial musical training at the Kreuzschule in Dresden. From 1757 to 1763 he lived in Italy, where he studied with Giuseppi Tartini and met composer Johann Adolf Hasse. On Hasse's recommendation he was appointed church...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Eliasfriedhof, Dresden, Dresdener Stadtkreis, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
Noble, John H. b. September 4, 1923 d. November 10, 2007 Author, Former Gulag Prisoner. Born John Helmuth Noble in Detroit, Michigan, he was the son of Charles Noble, owner of a photo-finishing company. Due to his father's ill health from years of exposure to photographic chemicals, the family moved to Dresden, Germany. Charles Noble took ownership of Kamera-Werkstaetten Guthe & Thorsch, a camera factory that in 1939 became a major manufacturer of the Praktica, a 35 millimeter single-lens reflex camera. Because the newly developed camera was...[Read More] (Bio by: Nan) Waldfriedhof Weißer Hirsch, Dresden, Dresdener Stadtkreis, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
of Habsburg, Maria Josepha b. December 8, 1699 d. November 17, 1757 Nobility, Archduchess of Austria, Electress of Saxony, Queen of Poland. She was born in Vienna as the first child of Emperor Joseph I and his wife Amalia Wilhelmina and was named Maria Josepha Benedikta Antonia Theresia Xaveria Philippine. She married Friedrich August of Saxony on August 20th, 1719 in Vienna. The mothers-in-law of the couple were against this marriage but were unable to prevent it. They had an very quiet and harmonic marriage, which was a great contrast to their parents...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Kathedrale Saint Trinitatis, Dresden, Dresdener Stadtkreis, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany