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Ludwig Kleist was a Prussian historian from the 18th century. He is a mentioned character in the short story "House of Gerich", from the Remember short story collection.


Herr Ludwig Kleist was the authority of Heritage, in which he investigated the fate of Wilhelm von Gerich.[1] Kleist believed that Wilhelm had been secretly hired by Baron Alexander von Brennenburg to help stop a rising tide of crimes in Altstadt.[3]

Kleist speculated that the agreement was most likely not sanctioned officially, and was of dubious legality; furthermore, he speculated that the sheriff from Königsberg charged with investigating the endeavors put an end to Wilhelm’s unofficial agreement, but allowed him to leave unpunished.[4]

Events of House of Gerich[]

Klaas Gottschall tells the magistrate in Altstadt that Kleist had done the most thorough work in determining the fate of Wilhelm and the House of Gerich.[1] Klaas enjoyed reading Heritage, but believed that Kleist was too liberal in his speculations.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Remember: "House of Gerich" – “‘Thank you – it’s just that Herr Kleist has done the most thorough investigation into the fate of the House of Gerich,’ explained Klaas.”
  2. Remember: "House of Gerich" – “Klaas reached into his bag and produced a thick book and placed it on the desk. ‘Are you familiar with Heritage by Ludwig Kleist?’”
  3. Remember: "House of Gerich" – “‘Two things. I would like to know if there is anything which supports the claim that Wilhelm was working for the Baron of Brennenburg in order to quell the rise of crime. Wilhelm remained unknown by most and Kleist argues that he might have been working for the Baron to gain influence in higher circles.’ explained Klaas.”
  4. Remember: "House of Gerich" – “It stands to reason that we lack information about half of Wilhelm’s life. In 1704, when he was but 34 years old, we find the last documents detailing his efforts. Wilhelm had for two years been working for Baron Alexander of Brennenburg as a secret lawman. Baron Alexander, being a knight of the prestigious Order of the Black Eagle, must have realized that the rising crime could not be left to the magistrate and the sheriffs in Königsberg, and acquired assistance from the decorated soldier from Gerich. This arrangement was most likely not administered by the King, at least not officially, and if investigated would fall apart from a legal standpoint. In 1704, a sheriff from Königsberg were sent to Altstadt to question Wilhelm about the civil arrests he had undertaken. It seems safe to assume that Wilhelm was made to cease his efforts, but was allowed to leave on his own accord, as no documents details this meeting. Considering that the arrival of the sheriff coincides with Wilhelm’s last case this fact seems glaringly obvious.”
  5. Remember: "House of Gerich" – “He really enjoyed reading Heritage, but there were just so much speculation.”