Saturday, 29 October 2016

Germany: August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben

In early October I visited the Hoffmann-von-Fallersleben-Museum in Wolfsburg to buy postcards for the new stamp about the 175th anniversary of the Song of Germany, which was issued on 6th October. Last Saturday finally all cards came back from the postmarking unit with the special postmarks I planned to get.

August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben was born in Fallersleben in 1798. He went to schools in Helmstedt and Braunschweig and later studied in Göttingen and Bonn. In 1823 he started to work at the university library of Breslau. He married in 1849 and in 1860 he became librarian in Corvey Castle near Höxter, where he also died in 1874. Today he is especially known for writing the text of the Song of Germany, the German national anthem, although he wrote many other poems and also children's songs, which are very famous in Germany. 


Stamp:
175 years Song of Germany (issued 06-10-2016)
with a special postmark showing Hoffmann's birth house in Fallersleben



Stamp:
175 years Song of Germany (issued 06-10-2016)
with a special postmark from Hamburg, where the Song of Germany was first played



Stamp:
175 years Song of Germany (issued 06-10-2016)
with a special postmark from Höxter


The Hoffmann-von-Fallersleben-Museum is housed in the Fallersleben Castle since 1991. It focuses on the work and life of August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben and the time in which he lived.


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