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Kaiserswerth

Rhineland town where Theodor Fliedner,* pastor of the small Protestant community, founded an institution in 1836 to train deaconesses for nursing, educational, and social work. At Kaiserswerth itself, hospitals, homes for the old and needy, and schools formed a considerable estate. Fliedner's work was helped by Frederick William IV of Prussia and was linked with the Innere Mission.* Florence Nightingale trained there. Deaconesses from Kaiserswerth work throughout Germany and in several other parts of the world, and Kaiserswerth is the mother house of an association of about 28,000 sisters in seventy-two houses (1958).