Georg Herwegh

1817 (Stuttgart, Germany) – 1875 (Lichtenthal)

Herwegh befriended Feuerbach around the same time that he worked for a newspaper published by Marx, though he only became friends with Marx later in Köln and in Paris. In Paris (Herwegh was regularly forced into exile) he also met Sand, Hugo, Lamartine (whose work he translated), and the Germans Hess and Vogt; and during a later stay Turgenev and Herzen (whose wife he had a passionate if doomed affair with.) In Zürich, his house was a meeting-place for the likes of Wagner and Liszt; significantly, he introduced Wagner to Schopenhauer’s writings. Heine called him the Iron Lark of the German Revolution.

Georg Herwegh knew…