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
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
of Orange-Nassau, Luise Henriette b. December 7, 1627 d. June 18, 1667 German Royalty. Daughter of Frederik Hendrik of the Netherlands, granddaughter of Louise de Coligny. She was married to Elector Friedrich Wilhelm on December 7, 1646 in The Hague. She didn't like him and even refused to shake his hand at their first meeting. In 1649 she visited the village of Bötzow for the first time and loved it. The village was later given to her as a present and was renamed in her honour to Oranienburg. She built a castle there and it became her favorite place to stay. Over...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Berliner Dom, Berlin-Mitte, Mitte, Berlin, Germany
Richthofen, Manfred von [original burial site] b. May 2, 1892 d. April 21, 1918 German World War I Military Figure. He is best remembered as the famous "Red Baron" German fighter pilot and was the top ace of World War I with 80 combat aerial victories to his credit. He was born Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen in Kleinburg, near Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland), the 2nd of four children of a prominent Prussian aristocratic family where his father was a Prussian military officer. After being educated at home, he attended a school at Schweidnitz (now Swidnica...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Invalidenfriedhof, Berlin-Mitte, Mitte, Berlin, Germany
Sander, Otto b. June 30, 1941 d. September 12, 2013 Actor. He performed in more than 130 films and TV series. He became known to world film audiences for his role in "Das Boot", as Wolfgang Petersen, in which he played a World War II German submarine captain who mocks both Adolf Hitler and the British. He played the alcoholic trumpeter Meyn in "The Tin Drum", by Volker Schlöndorff, an Oscar-winning adaptation of Gunter Grass' novel, and he also starred in "Wings of Desire", a surrealistic drama directed by Wim Wenders in 1987. He was also an...[Read More] (Bio by: Errete) Dorotheenstädtisch-Friedrichwerderscher Friedhof I, Berlin-Mitte, Mitte, Berlin, Germany