Probably because of business decline in Korbach, Moses Meier-Wittgenstein sets himself up as a wool-merchant in Leipzig, Germany (McGuinness, p.3; Cambridge Archive).


Moses Meier-Wittgenstein meets Fanny Figdor while staying at a friend’s house in Vienna (McGuinness, p.3).

Having converted to Protestantism, and in an attempt to dissociate himself from his Jewish background, Moses Meier-Wittgenstein drops the remaining Jewish parts of his name and takes the middle-name ‘Christian’, becoming Hermann Christian Wittgenstein (McGuinness, p.2; Monk, p.5; Waugh, p.225). Fanny Figdor also converts to Protestantism, and they marry in the Lutheran church at Dresden (McGuinness, p.3, Monk, p.5; Wiener Ausgabe, p.11; Waugh, p.225).

Hermann Christian severs his ties to the local Jewish community, goes into partnership with his wife’s family, and moves with Fanny from Korbach to Gohlis, near Leipzig (McGuinness, pp.3-4; Monk, p.5; Wiener Ausgabe, p.11; Kanterian, p.12). Their first seven children are born here (Anna (1840), Marie (1841), Paul (1842), Bertha (1844), Louis (1845), Karl Ludwig (LW’s father) (1847), and Josephine (1848)) (McGuinness, p.4; Wiener Ausgabe, p.11).