Monument to Hermann Schulze-Delitzsch
Hermann Schulze (1808-1883) was born in Delitzsch, he later named himself "Schulze-Delitzsch" after his hometown. He studied law in Leipzig and Halle and then worked as a judge in rural Prussia. There he became aware of the problem small artisan workshops were facing due to the industrialization and the competition with large factories. As a member of the Prussian parliament he tried to help these small businesses. In 1849 he founded an association of shoemakers and thus the first cooperative in Germany. The location of this act, the house Kreuzgasse 10, is now a little museum about his life and work.
He then supported production, retailer and savings cooperatives. The idea of uniting those small forces and making them work together to help themselves became popular and founded Schultze-Delitzsch's fame as reformer.
A monument to Hermann Schultze-Delitzsch has been erected in Marienplatz / Eilenburger Straße (photo 1).
The year 2008 sees both the 200th anniversary of his birth and the 125th anniversary of his death. The town of Delitzsch celebrated him with a series of events this year. The German Post issued a stamp with his photo and signature (photo 2).