Albert Bitzius: Life and Works
Jeremias Gotthelf (1797–1854)
Jeremias Gotthelf`s life and work were infused with liberal ideals, which made their entries into the Bernese Constitution in 1831. Their promise, the sovereignty of a mature people and the social responsibility allotted to all levels of society within the framework of a Christian social ethics, was held by Gotthelf all his life in alignment with his self-image as a Christian republican. His liberal zeal for reform was documented not only in his political newspaper articles and almanac publications, but also in his early novels “Der Bauern-Spiegel” and “Leiden und Freuden eines Schulmeisters”. Gotthelf`s satirical talents were triggered, similarly to Heinrich Heine`s, by incompetent regents and officials.