Carl Hinkel

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Carl Gottlieb Hinkel (born October 15, 1793 in Chemnitz , † December 22, 1817 buried in the Johannesfriedhof in Leipzig ), was a German poet and freedom fighter.


Hinkel, third son of the merchant and merchant Gotthilf Hinkel in Chemnitz and Juliane Hinkel born. Hänel from Annaberg, attended the Saxon State School Pforta from June 15, 1807 to March 21, 1812 . Enrolled in 1812, he became active in the Corps Saxonia Leipzig , at that time still Landsmannschaft, in 1813 . In 1813/1814 he took part in the Alliance's campaign in Flanders as a lieutenant in the Saxon Landwehr.

He processed his war experiences and his student life in numerous poems and songs, which he published in a book of poems in Leipzig in 1816. He died barely at the age of 24 of consumption in Leipzig.

The brief work of Hinkel is typical of the time in the series of well-known authors of the wars of freedom such as Heinrich von Kleist , Ernst Moritz Arndt and Friedrich Rückert . It is characterized by patriotic exuberance, romantic and mystical yearning and idealism with a special emphasis on values ​​such as friendship and camaraderie. Of his songs, in particular, “ Where courage and strength flames in the German soul ” was well known in student circles until the early 20th century and was published in the general Kommersbuch. The song was created on June 7, 1815 by a delegation of the Leipzig student body in Dresden to greet King Friedrich August (the Righteous), who had returned from captivity . The literary mention of the national colors white / green, which was then newly donated by the Saxon royal family, is of importance for the Saxon state history.


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