Jan Smoler
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Jan Arnošt Smoler (1816 - 1884)

Jan Arnošt Smoler aka Schmaler
Born in Merzdorf, Uhyst, Boxberg, Sachsenmap
Husband of — married 1851 in Bautzen, Oberlausitz, Sachsenmap
Husband of — married 1870 in Bautzen, Oberlausitz, Sachsenmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Bautzen, Oberlausitz, Sachsenmap
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Jan Arnošt Smoler (german: Johann Ernst Schmaler) was born on 3 March 1816 in Merzdorf / sorb. Lućo[1] near Uhyst, Boxberg, Saxony to Johann Karl Schmaler / Smoler (1791-1848) & Maria Miesner (1796-1856). He passed away on 13 June 1884 in Bautzen / sorb. Budyšin, Saxony.

In 1851 he married first Amalia Christa Deutscher (1832-1868) - daughter of Michael Deutscher - in Bautzen. Together they had 5 sons and 2 daughters.

He remarried 1870 Ernestine Heinzelmann (1830-1903) - daughter of Friedrich Ferdinand Heinzelmann - in Bautzen.

He was a Sorbian philologist, Slavist, linguist, ethnologist, writer and publisher & publicist from the Upper Lausitz / Oberlausitz and played a vital role in revitalizing the Sorbian languages in the 19th century. He also supported a form of Pan-Slavism.

BURIAL: Protschenberg-Friedhof, Bautzen (Seidau), Landkreis Bautzen, Saxony (Sachsen)


  1. The village of Merzdorf was situated on the road from Uhyst to Bärwalde and on the Great Spree. In 1978/1979 the village was completely demolished because of the open-cast coal mine Bärwalde.


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