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Gierke, Anna von
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(Mar 14, 1874, Wrocław [Ger. Breslau], Poland – Apr 3, 1943, Berlin), youth/social worker. From 1894, an aid in the shelter for young women, Verein Jugendheim, in Berlin, she served as its superintendent from 1898, and from 1908 as the chairperson of the organization. Gierke promoted age-appropriate care for Berlin school children in day care institutions, arguing that shelters along with schools and parents should correct deficiencies in education and health care. For young women dismissed from school, Gierke demanded a home economics education. Gierke worked f…

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Fix, Karl-Heinz, “Gierke, Anna von”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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