Johann Hinrich Wichern


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founder of the German Innere Mission. In 1833 he founded an institute in Hamburg, the Rauhes Haus, to provide for the spiritual and material needs of neglected children. From 1844 he edited a periodical which became the central organ of all charitable undertakings in the German Protestant Churches; at his suggestion these were co-ordinated in the central organization of the Innere Mission at the first congress of the Evangelical Churches in 1848. He later undertook the reform of Prussian prisons.

Subjects: Christianity.

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