Ernst Moritz Arndt

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Birthday
26, 1769
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Jan 29, 1860 (90)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
26, 1769
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Jan 29, 1860 (90)

About

German poet, author, and patriot known for spearheading the German nationalism and unification movements. His lyric poems and songs include "What is the Fatherland of the Germans?", "When We are United in Happy Times," and "To the Weapons, To the Weapons."

Before Fame

He studied history and theology at the University of Greifswald.

Trivia

His German nationalism spawned a prejudice against Jews, Frenchmen, Poles, and Slavs.

Family Life

His father was an emancipated serf; this family background influenced Arndt's abolitionist activities.

Associated With

He was a contemporary of fellow German author Bettina Von Arnim.