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Karl Ludwig Börne

Börne, Karl Ludwig (lŏtˈvĭkh börˈnə) [key], 1786–1837, German journalist, of Jewish origin. His original name was Löb Baruch. He studied medicine and political science and held office in Frankfurt until, after the fall of Napoleon, a policy of racial discrimination was restored. His lucid and incisive writings, notably his Briefe aus Paris [letters from Paris] (1830–33), bitterly attacked German despotism and upheld the rights of the individual. With Heine, Börne was an initiator and leader of the revolutionary Young Germany movement in German literature.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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