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Bernhard Förster
Bernhard Förster
Born March 31, 1843(1843-03-31) Delitzsch
Delitzsch, Saxony
Died June 3, 1889 (aged 46)
San Bernardino, Paraguay
Cause of death Suicide
Ethnicity Caucasian
Known for Nueva Germania
Spouse(s) Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche

Bernhard Förster (March 31, 1843, Delitzsch, Saxony—June 3, 1889, San Bernardino, Paraguay) was a nineteenth century German teacher. He was married to Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche, the sister of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

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Bernhard Förster (2nd left) among other German antisemitic writers, ca. 1880

Förster became a leading figure in the anti-Semitic faction on the far right of German politics and wrote on the Jewish question, characterizing Jews as constituting a "parasite on the German body".[1] In order to support his beliefs he set up the Deutscher Volksverein (German People's League) in 1881 with Max Liebermann von Sonnenberg.[2]

He left Germany in 1886 to emigrate to Paraguay and the following year he set up a colony known as "Nueva Germania". However, as this initiative was a failure, he eventually committed suicide by poisoning himself with a combination of morphine and strychnine in his room at the Hotel del Lago in San Bernardino, Paraguay on June 3, 1889.


  1. Hannu Salmi (1994). "Die Sucht nach dem germanischen Ideal".  (German) Also published in Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft 6/1994, pp. 485-496
  2. Karl Dietrich Bracher, The German Dictatorship, 1970, pp. 59-60

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