Home | Heinrich Witt Kaufmann Peru
Heinrich Witt (1799-1892) was a tradesman from Altona, who spent most of his life in Peru. There, he wrote a diary which totaled thirteen volumes and over 10.000 pages. Today, there are only 10 books left (books 1-9 and 13). In these remaining volumes, Witt describes his childhood in Altona, his life in Peru and his numerous trips in and around Peru, Bolivia, Europe, and between the continents. In 1972, the diary’s enormous historical significance was underlined by Jorge Basadre, one of the most important historians of independent Peru. In 1987 and 1992, a small part of the diary was released with Spanish translation. 2016 the international publisher Brill (Boston and Leiden) has published the complete English manuscript.