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berühmte Deutsche (Famous Germans)

Januar Geburtstage (Birthdays)

1ZwingliUlrich Zwingli (1484-1531)
protestantischer Reformist / protestant reformer from Switzerland, who translated the Bible during the Reformation into a Swiss-German version known as the Zürich Bible
2BarlachErnst Barlach (1870-1938)
Bildhauer / sculptor, who was an important representative of the expressionistic period of the 1930’s
4Jacob GrimmJakob Grimm (1785-1863)
Sprachforscher / linguist and researcher, one of two brothers, who collected fairy tales and published them into books; also wrote dictionaries and grammar books
5AdenauerKonrad Adenauer (1876-1967)
Staatsmann und Politiker / statesman, politician, and the first chancellor of post-war Germany from the town of Bonn, who was the man given the responsibility for Germany’s economic recovery after World War Two
5DurrenmattFriedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990)
Schriftsteller / Swiss writer, whose most famous works are called Besuch der alten Dame and die Ehe des Herrn Mississippi
6SchliemannHeinrich Schliemann (1822-1890)
Archeologe / archeologist, who is the man known as the „father of archeology,“ because he traveled to Asia Minor and found artifacts from the ancient city of Troy
12PestalozziJohann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746-1827)
Pädagoge und Erzieher / a Swiss educator, who stressed that the individual talents of each student were more important than the learning about a lot of subjects in school
14SchweitzerAlbert Schweitzer (1875-1965)
Arzt, Komponist, und Mensch / physcian, composer, and humanitarian, who was an educated man in the fields of theology, philosophy, music, and medicine; a humanitarian who built hospitals and fought disease in Africa
15GrillparzerFranz Grillparzer (1791-1872)
Schriftsteller und Dichter / writer and poet, who was Austria’s greatest dramatist from Vienna and whose most famous work is called das golden Vlies
22KreiskyBruno Kreisky (1911-1990)
Kanzler und Politiker / chancellor and politician from Österreich, who brought his country back into an important position in European culture
22LessingGotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-1781)
Schriftsteller / writer, critic, and dramatist, whose middle class tragedies left a great impact on the literature of the 18th century, such as Nathan der Weise
24Frederick the GreatFriedrich II (1712-1786)
König von Preußen / King of Prussia from the Hohenzollern dynasty, Elector of Brandenburg, and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire, whose nickname was der alte Fritz
25FurtwanglerWilhelm Furtwängler (1886-1954)
Komponist und Dirigent / composer and director of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for many years
26Maria von TrappMaria von Trapp (1905-1987)
Nonne, Stiefmutter, und Sängerin / nun, stepmother from Salzburg, Austria, singer, and matriarch of the Trapp Family Singers, who was the inspiration for the musical film The Sound of Music
27MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Musiker und Komponist / Austrian musician and composer from the city of Salzburg, who wrote the opera Zauberflöte; played the piano at age 3; played the organ and violin at age 7; composed musical works at age 10
31HeussTheodor Heuss (1884-1963)
Politiker / politician, who was the first Federal President (Bundespräsident) of postwar Germany
31SchubertFranz Schubert (1797-1828)
Musiker und Komponist / musician and composer, who wrote chamber music and symphonies and whose most famous works are Ständchen and Unvollendete Symphonie

Complete List of Famous Germans.

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