steiner at staff.uni-marburg.de
Wed Sep 15 11:43:05 UTC 2021
> Otto Böhtlingk, whose forefathers adopted the Dutch nationality
> in order to be able to settle as merchants in the Russian Empire.
According to the research of Agnes Stache-Weiske, this claim, which
can be found in various places (e.g. Windisch, Kern, Mylius), is not
true. It is correct that Böhtlingk's father belonged to the Dutch
merchant community in St. Petersburg, but according to Stache-Weiske
this says nothing about his nationality. A relatively sure indication,
however, is the religious affiliation of the family, which from the
beginning belonged to the German Lutheran congregation in St.
Petersburg and not to the Dutch Reformed Church.
Böhtlingk's father only acquired Russian citizenship shortly before
his death, but only for himself and not for his family. It was only
when he was awarded the title of nobility that Otto Böhtlingk himself
became a Russian citizen in 1888.
Compare Agnes Stache-Weiske: "... für die Wißenschaft, der ich von
ganzer Seele lebe", Otto Böhtlingk (1815-1904): ein Gelehrtenleben,
rekonstruiert und beschrieben anhand seiner Briefe, Wiesbaden:
Harrassowitz 2017,, p. 12 f.
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