Karl Abraham von Zedlitz

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Karl Abraham von Zedlitz, engraving by Daniel Berger after Wagner (1782)
Bust in Reckahn Castle

Karl Abraham Freiherr von Zedlitz and Leipe (born January 4, 1731 in Schwarzwaldau , Principality of Schweidnitz ; † March 18, 1793 on his Kapsdorf estate , Wroclaw district ) was a Prussian minister .


His parents were the district administrator Karl Sigismund von Zedlitz († 1756) and his wife Eva von Czettritz . After completing his schooling at the Knight's Academy in Brandenburg Cathedral , Zedlitz entered the civil service in 1755 as a chamber court referendar , in 1759 became a senior official in Breslau , in 1764 president of the Silesian government, in 1770 secret state and justice minister and in 1771 received the entire spiritual department in church and school supplies.

As a follower of the Kantian philosophy , he promoted the elementary school system and ensured a free spirit in the higher schools and universities. He introduced today's Abitur , inspired by Meierotto's practical experience .

When Friedrich II asked him to punish the judges involved during Arnold's trial in 1779, Zedlitz refused resolutely and for some time incurred the disfavour of the king.

In 1788 he lost the ecclesiastical department that was transferred to Johann Christoph von Wöllner , and in 1789 he was dismissed from civil service. In these two years 1788 and 1789 he was director of the Knight Academy in Liegnitz .

Zedlitz died on March 18, 1793 on his Kapsdorf estate and was buried in Wüstewaltersdorf . In 2009 his remains were discovered in the Wüstewaltersdorfer church. In 2014, researchers were able to confirm this thanks to years of research.


Karl Abraham von Zedlitz married Christiane von Schickfuß (* April 11, 1746, † October 7, 1799) from Rankau. The son came from the marriage:


Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. http://www.tvn24.pl/pruski-minister-ktory-wymyslil-matury-spoczywa-na-dolnym-slasku,425429,s.html