CFHS code : ML64

Parish : St Mary the Less

Inscription : To the Memory of HERMANN BERNARD MA & Phil D of the University of Giessen in Hesse Dermstadt for many years Hebrew teacher to the University of Cambridge d Nov 16 1857 aged 72

Monument : Obelisk

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon: 52.202723, 0.13804756 – click here for location

Hermann Bernard
Hermann Bernard monument
Hermann Bernard
Hermann Bernard inscription

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monument

This unusual, weathered obelisk was constructed in 1857, from pink-coloured Ketton limestone. At each corner around the base there are four moulded stone bollards with pyramidal tops. There is an inscription in English and Hebrew on the obelisk.

Inscription

‘To the memory of Hermann Bernard
MA and Phil Dr. of the University of Giessen in Hesse Darmstadt
For many years Hebrew teacher to the University of Cambridge
Who died Nov 16 1857
Aged 72’

The Hebrew inscription is illegible

Hermann Bernard (1785-1857)

Hermann Bernard lived in Cambridge and taught Hebrew at Cambridge University for around 20 years until his death.

He received his MA and PhD from the University of Giessen in the Grand Duchy of Hessen-Darmstadt (near Frankfurt in Germany), and it is thought he may have changed his surname from ‘Hurwitz’ at some point.

 

Hermann Bernard