Karlshafen, a Huguenot Town in Germany
26 Nov, 2020 by Huguenot Society
Well known in the 19th century as a spa resort, Karlshafen, along with its surrounding villages, was initially founded in the late 17th century by Landgrave Karl of Hessen-Kassel as a settlement for Huguenot and Waldensian refugees. Fleeing religious persecution in France and in the Piedmont, the settlers left their mark on local customs and architecture; their heritage is kept alive by their descendants and in museum displays at Karlshafen and Hofgeismar….
Uckermark, Huguenot Refuge in Germany
26 Aug, 2020 by Huguenot Society
With group trips impossible this year due to the pandemic, and our September visit to Guernsey postponed, we look back at a fascinating tour we made in 2003 to the Huguenot refuge of Uckermark in Germany. There, Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg, settled on his lands many of those fleeing oppression in France under Louis XIV....