HERMANN LIETZ

Was born on Rügen on 28 April 1868 and died in Haubinda on 12 June 1919.Hermann Lietz was a German reformist educator and founded the German Landerziehungsheim schools. He was the son of a farmer, and strongly influenced by working with animals and nature. His school education took place in the Gymnasium schools in the Hanseatic cities of Greifswald and Stralsund. He was strictly against the use of alcohol and nicotine, likely due to his aversion against the "bad habits of the pubs" in Greifswald. In 1888, Lietz took up studies of theology, philosophy, history and German studies in Halle, which he completed in Jena in 1891/1892.  Then he went on to achieve the title of Dr. phil.  Working as a teacher since 1892, he more and more dealt with the matters of reforming education, developing plans conceived during a stay with Cecil Reddie (* 1858; † 1932 founder of the first boarding and day school in Abbotsholme in England) ion 1896/97.  He then founded his own schools in Ilsenburg (Harz), in 1898, Haubinda (Thuringia), in 1901, und Bieberstein (Hesse), in 1904. The schools of Schloss Hohenwehrda (1941) and Spiekeroog (1928) were founded by his successors. The Hermann-Lietz school of Spiekeroog is now an independent boarding school with its own supporting association. Ilsenburg no longer exists.