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Oertzen, Jasper von
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(Aug 10, 1833, Rostock – Nov 14, 1893, Hamburg). After abandoning a career as an officer, and making an unsuccessful attempt at farming, v. Oertzen had a meeting with J.H. Wichern in Berlin in 1868 which was an important influence on the rest of his life. In 1870 he became head of the Rauhes Haus (institution for boys with behavioral problems) in Hamburg-Horn. Subsequently he became director of the newly founded Hamburg City Mission (1875–1884). At the same time he was director of the Schleswig-Holstein Union for Inland Mission from 1873, from 1880 president of the N…

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Knieling, Reiner, “Oertzen, Jasper von”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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