Christian Konrad Wilhelm Dohm, #verlichting

Christian Konrad Wilhelm Dohm, ab 1786 von Dohm, (* 11. Dezember 1751 in Lemgo; † 29. Mai 1820 in Pustleben bei Nordhausen) war Jurist, preußischer Diplomat und politischer und historischer Schriftsteller. Als Autor der wegweisenden Schrift Über die bürgerliche Verbesserung der Juden von 1781 trat er im Sinne der Aufklärung für die jüdische Emanzipation ein und förderte diese europaweit.

(afb. Von Karl Christian Kehrer – http://museum-digital.de/nat/index.php?t=objekt&oges=903, Gemeinfrei, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21869694)

zie https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Konrad_Wilhelm_von_Dohm

he was a staunch advocate for Jewish emancipation. He entered Prussian officialdom in 1779, first as archivist in Berlin. In 1781, Dohm published a two-volume work entitled Ueber die bürgerliche Verbesserung der Juden (“On the Civil Improvement of the Jews”), which argued for Jewish political equality on humanitarian grounds. It was widely praised by the Jewish communities in Berlin, Halberstadt, and Suriname. In 1786 he was ennobled (untitled nobility), gaining him the nobiliary particle von before his surname.

 

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