Former residential house of August Bebel
August Bebel, one of the founders of the Social Democratic Party in Germany in 1869, lived in Wetzlar as a youth and did his apprenticeship here. His mother was a native of Wetzlar and his father was a non-commissioned officer in the Prussian army. After the death of his step-father in late 1846, the family moved from Cologne-Deutz to his mother’s hometown. After her death in 1853, he and his brothers were supported by the Johann David Winkler Orphans’ Fund. Bebel completed his apprenticeship as a lathe operator and subsequently left Wetzlar in 1858. He often returned to Wetzlar, his “second” hometown.