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, Leipzig (urban), Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
King Johann of Saxony b. December 12, 1801 d. October 29, 1873 King of Saxony. Son of Prince Maximilian Wettin, succeeded his brother Friedrich August II. in 1854. He dedicated himself to the studies of the classic Greek and Roman authors, studied the Sanskrit and wrote linguistic papers. His interest in Italy, the homeland of his early the deceased mother Karoline of Parma, led it to his first journey there in 1821/22. He extensively visited the upper-Italian cities and his sister Maria, the wife of the Leopold II. of Tuscany in Florence. During this...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Kathedrale Saint Trinitatis, Dresden, Dresden, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany Plot: Crypt
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, Leipzig (urban), Saxony (Sachsen), Germany Plot: Section V.
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, Leipzig (urban), 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) Radebeuler Friedhof, Radebeul, Meißen, 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, Leipzig (urban), 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: Robert Edwards) Eliasfriedhof, Dresden, Dresden, 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, Dresden, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
Ohser, Erich 'E.O. Plauen' b. March 18, 1903 d. April 5, 1944 Graphic artist and cartoonist, friend and collaborator of Erich Kastner and editor Erich Knauf (for some time they were known as the three Erichs). He published his best known and still very popular cartoon series "Vater und Sohn" (father and son) under the pseudonym E.O. Plauen (Plauen being the name of the city of his birth). He was arrested by the Gestapo together with his friend Erich Knauf and committed suicide in the night before his trial. In his last letter he tried to exonerate his...[Read More] (Bio by: Barbara Kratzin) Cause of death: suicide Hauptfriedhof, Plauen, Vogtlandkreis, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
Osten, Eva von der b. August 19, 1881 d. May 5, 1936 Opera Singer. A noted Wagnerian soprano of the early 20th Century, she is best remembered as the first Octavian in Richard Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier". Born Eva Bertha Helga von der Osten in Heligoland to a noted theatrical family, she studied in Dresden and made her Court Opera debut there in 1902 as Urbain in Meyerbeer's "Les Huguenots". For the next quarter century she would be a fixture of that company, appearing in roughly 2500 performances. She sang most of Wagner's principal soprano...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Johannisfriedhof Tolkewitz Cemetery, Dresden, Dresden, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
Planer, Minna b. September 5, 1809 d. January 25, 1866 Actress, Musical Folk Figure. A noted performer of her day, she is better remembered as the first wife of composer Richard Wagner. Born Christine Wilhelmine Planer, she was raised in poverty and at 15 was seduced by an Army officer and bore an illegitimate daughter whom she raised as her baby sister. At some point she took to the stage and had enough success that she was soon a popular and well paid performer in a variety of German theatres. In 1834 she was appearing at a resort in Bad...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Alter Annenfriedhof, Dresden, Dresden, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
Ponto, Erich b. December 14, 1884 d. February 4, 1957 German Actor. Ponto was a renowned German stage and screen actor. Born in Lübeck, Ponto made his debut on the stage in 1908. In the early 1920s, Ponto began his career in cinema in the film "Hampelmanns Glückstag." He then became a very in-demand supporting actor, playing in such films as "Liebe, Tod und Teufel" (1934), "Das Mädchen Johanna" (1935), "Der Hund von Baskerville" (1936), "Schneider Wibbel" (1939), "Der Feuerteufel" (1940) and "Der Engel mit dem Saitenspiel" (1944). After the...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Johannisfriedhof Tolkewitz Cemetery, Dresden, Dresden, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany