Adolf Diesterweg – Next to St. Martin’s Church

The bust of the Siegen-born pedagogue is the work of Eduard Reusch, the brother of sculptor Friedrich Reusch. It was unveiled in 1890 to mark Diesterweg’s 100th birthday. Born on October 29th 1790, Adolf Diesterweg was a leading educationalist of his time and enjoyed international renown. He fought for compulsory education and for a unified, national and liberal education. He also campaigned for the development of teaching and learning materials. Having been criticized prior to the revolution of 1848, he was suspended from duty and worked instead as a publisher and politician. He died on July 7th 1866 in Berlin.