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St. Elisabeth's Church in Berlin-Mitte, the writer Bettina von Arnim and the failure to reform the state in Prussia in the 1840s are inextricably linked.

Bettina von Arnim - Abbildung auf Geldschein
Bettina von Arnim - Abbildung auf Geldschein © CROSS ROADS - Berlin mit anderen Augen

Shortly before the inauguration of Schinkel's Church of St. Elisabeth in the 1830s, Bettina von Arnim anonymously published a socio-political pamphlet dedicated to the king, in which she named the social ills in the surrounding poor quarters.

For the first time, the lives of impoverished weavers, cobblers and journeymen carpenters were written down. Accordingly, poverty is no longer a "divine judgment" but becomes narratable in life stories. It is increasingly becoming a matter for the state. The Protestant church takes on more diaconal activities than before, it sets up schools and takes care of the poor.

On the tour from St. Elisabeth Church to Golgatha Church, memories of the dramatic social changes in the 19th century are evoked.

  • Language: German
  • City guide: Dr. Torsten Flüh
  • Meeting place: St. Elisabeth Church, Invalidenstraße 3, 10115 Berlin
  • Cost: 12 €

Aimed at: Adults
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