Paul Herfurth

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Paul Emil Herfurth (born June 3, 1855 in Leipzig , † January 1, 1937 in Markkleeberg ) was a German publisher and politician ( NLP ).

City villa Herfurth, Leipzig, Karl-Tauchnitz-Strasse
The summer residence in Markkleeberg


Paul Herfurth came from a family of textile manufacturers. He worked in his father's company, Gebr. Herfurth in Chemnitz, and was also responsible for A. Glaser Successor in Hainichen and Penig , where plush and chenille were produced and fabrics were printed. With his brother Edgar he founded the Edgar Herfurth & Co. publishing house in 1892. Ten years later, he founded his own publishing house, which published the family magazine Welt und Haus . Based on the English model, he had initially published a magazine entitled The Upper Ten Thousand . Welt und Haus financed the first trips of travel writer Herbert Rittlinger .

Paul Herfurth's grave at the Südfriedhof Leipzig
Grave slab of Paul Herfurth and his wife

From his marriage to his wife Else, geb. Rentsch, came the son Paul-Heinz. His second son Otto Herfurth was a German officer and resistance fighter. The family lived in Leipzig at Karl-Tauchnitz-Straße 11 , where the gallery for contemporary art is now. In Raschwitz , today a district of Markkleeberg , she had several villas built, some of which she used herself. Herfurth's wife made the family villa built in 1896/97 based on the model of the Petit Trianon in Versailles , later called the “ White House ”, into a meeting place for cultural bearers.

The landscape park laid out by Paul Herfurth since 1889 was expanded to 30 hectares in the 1920s through land purchases . After the Second World War , the heirs of Paul Herfurth were expropriated without compensation and became public property and since 1948 it has been used for horticultural and agricultural exhibitions ( agra ).

Herfurth was one of the donors of the grain table on Augustusplatz in Leipzig, which was unveiled in 1936 and melted down in 1942 .

So far, the family's heirs have lived in Leipzig. Otto von Herfurth never married, but still had two children. A son Peter and a daughter Regine. Because of the fear for the children it was not possible for them to take the name Herfurth. So Regine took the surname of her mother's second husband, Schilling. She and her family are currently living in Leipzig.

Offices and honors

Paul Herfurth was a member of the Second Chamber of the Saxon State Parliament from 1893 to 1899 as a representative of the 10th rural electoral district . Furthermore he was u. a. Commercial judge, royal Württemberg consul, honorary senator of the University of Leipzig and board member of the German textile trade association. He was also a member of the Familiar Society .

Herfurth was canon of the cathedral to Wurzen . The sculptor Georg Wrba was won over for the extensive redesign of the interior of the cathedral in 1931/1932 . He created a cycle of late Expressionist sculptures made of cast bronze , which still dominate the interior of the cathedral today, including the bronze pulpit : the apostle heads at the base of the pulpit cage bear the facial features of the canons of that time - including the Herfurths.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Rudolf Mothes - Memoirs (Part A)
  2. Der Spiegel 18/1950: Goethe also wept
  3. Rudolf Mothes - Memoirs (Part C)
  4. ↑ A green gem with once international flair - The agra-Park ( Memento from December 6, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  5. Agra Park - Chronicle - History - then until now
  6. Leipzig Lexicon - Monument - grain table
  7. Starting at the pulpit stairs: Ludwig Ihmels as Matthias, Johannes Wiede as Simon Zelotes, Richard Weidauer as Matthäus, Börries von Münchhausen as Thomas, Paul Herfurth as Andreas, Gotthard von Pentz as Jakobus, at the lectern above Friedrich Krug von Nidda and von Falkenstein as Paulus, Hermann Ilgen as Petrus, Hans Wrba (son of the artist Georg Wrba) as Johannes, Alfred Ackermann as Philippus, Friedrich Seetzen as Bartholomäus, Paul Geipel as Thaddäus, Georg Wrba as Jakobus Alphäus