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“But whoever has got to know this class of people for years will no longer find it (sadly) in which the greater part does not want it better and is well in these circumstances.” [1]

C.F. Schmidt (possibly Christian Friedrich Schmidt, † after 1824) was a Horst who owned a property at Prenzlauer Straße 3 - 4 in the early 20th century. A large house and several stables belonged to this estate. He rented these out to the homeless on a daily basis. In January 1820, neighbors discovered 78 neglected people in the stables[2] Legislation that made homelessness a punishable offense and as yet unformulated requirements for temporary sleeping quarters, as later applied in the Frauenasyl, allowed this business model.

As soon as it became known, a help committee was founded in the neighborhood to collect donations for the 17 families in order to. preserve them to be transfered to the poor house or orphanages. Some of the neighbors hired them for jobs, took in the children and ultimately took care of the largest fundraising campaign in Berlin to that date. [2] C.F. Schmidt was prohibited from renting out his stables. He then sued and was ultimately able to have his rent losses of fifteen thalers and eight groschen paid on May 20, 1820. Despite the ban, he continued to rent his stables to the needy until at least 1824. [2]

Meaning in ∇[]

The spiritual wing of Operation ∇ sees in C.F. Schmidt the prototype of the greedy and malicious owner who enriches himself through the lack of possession of others. Some also speak of a Curse that punished the Schmidt-Offsprings through his actions and would provide an explanation for the murder of Dorothea Schmidt.

References[]

  1. Schmidts diatribe against his tenants in M.-S. Drive: Pitaval Scheunenviertel. Verlag Neues Leben GmbH, Berlin 1995
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 M.-S. Drive: Pitaval Scheunenviertel. Verlag Neues Leben GmbH, Berlin 1995 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "fahr" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "fahr" defined multiple times with different content
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