27 November 2012

175th Anniversary of the case of the Gottingen Seven..




Date of Issue : 2 November 2012 

The German Post has issued a stamp to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the case of the Gottingen Seven.

The Gottingen Seven were a group of seven professors from the University of Gottingen, Germany. In 1837 they protested against the abolition or alteration of the constitution of the Kingdom of Hanover by Ernest Augustus and refused to swear an oath to the new king of Hanover. The company of seven was led by Friedrich Christoph Dahlmann, who himself was one of the key advocates of the unadulterated constitution. The other six were the Germanist brothers Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm (famed fairy tale and folk tale writers and storytellers; known together as the Brothers Grimm), the jurist Wilhelm Eduard Albrecht, the historian Georg Gottfried Gervinus, the physicist Wilhelm Eduard Weber, and the theologian and orientalist Heinrich Georg August Ewald.


"An Act of Conscience" • The brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm and the protest of the "Göttingen Seven"


Grimm Brothers

Commemorating the 175th anniversary of this political event in the pre-March era of the German Confederation in 1837. Cabinet exhibition in the Brothers Grimm Museum Kassel

November 2012 is the 175th anniversary of the famous protest of the seven Göttingen professors who courageously opposed the reactionary efforts of the Hannoverian King Ernst August and in the pre-March era made an important contribution to the political development and civil discussion in Germany. Apart from Dahlmann and Gervinus, the Grimm brothers especially played an outstanding role, whose 1838 vindication text on the incidents in the fall 1837 linger to this day. This cabinet exhibition, based on numerous previously little-noted documents in the Brothers Grimm Museum, will pay tribute to the activity of all the "Göttingen Seven" and their politically relevant discourse.

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