Von Bodelschwingh, Friedrich
|born on||6 March 1831 at 16:00 (= 4:00 PM )|
|Place||Tecklenburg, Germany, 52n13, 7e48|
|Timezone||LMT m7e48 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||15°21' 14°29 Asc. 27°43'|
German theologian and politician. He is remembered as the founder of the v. Bodelschwinghsche Anstalten Bethel charitable foundations. The Bodelschwingh family belonged to a Westfalian nobility. Friedrich's father Ernst von Bodelschwingh was Prussia's Finance Minister. His family's links with the Hohenzollern made Friedrich von Bodelschwingh an early playmate of future emperor Friedrich III.
Friedrich von Bodelschwingh first wanted to study mining but eventually followed higher education in agriculture and became farm supervisor of a modern estate in Gramenz, in Eastern Pomerania, where he discovered the miserable situation of the landless farm workers. Wanting to help the needy, he sought to engage in missionary activity but his parents convinced him to get a protestant theology MA first. He studied in Basel, Erlangen and Berlin, and became a clergyman in 1863. His first parish was the German church in Paris. There were at the time about 80000 German day labourers in Paris. Bodelschwingh raised money in Germany to build a church and a school near Buttes-Chaumont (at 93 rue de Crimée, Paris 19e, since 1924 the building has become an orthodox church). In 1872, he became the head of a protestant charity (which had been established in 1867 in Bielefeld) to take care of epileptic patients. Under his leadership, this institution became one of the most important ones among the German "inner Mission", extending their activity to all forms of handicap. In 1885, in order to help the poor to become the owners of their house, he founded the first savings bank dedicated to the financing of housing in Germany. In the 1890s he founded in Norddorf, on the island of Amrum in the North Sea a series of homes, destined to offer holidays in a Christian environment. At the same time he pursued a political career as a royalist MP.
He died on 2 April 1910 and his son Friedrich von Bodelschwingh (nicknamed pastor Fritz) took over the management of the institutions by then identified by the name of Bodelschwingh
Arno Müller, vol 2
- Traits : Personality : Idealist
- Vocation : Medical : Other Medical Vocations (manager of Institute to care for orphaned children)
- Vocation : Religion : Other Religion (theologian)
- Notable : Famous : Historic figure