Martin Luther and His Children

6a00e554ba603388340153929f10e1970b-800wiMartin and Katie had six children, of whom four, three sons and one daughter, survived their parents. The eldest, John (Hans), was born on June 7, 1526. On December 10 of the following year a little daughter named Elizabeth came, but left her parents in less than a year. On August 5,1528, Luther wrote to Hausmann: —

Little Hans thanks you for the rattle of which he is inordinately proud. . .. My little daughter Elizabeth is dead. She has left me wonderfully sick at heart and almost womanish, I am so moved by pity for her. I could never have believed how a father’s heart could soften for his child…

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