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Uploaded 13-Jun-17
Taken 14-Jan-17
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Dimensions3309 x 2995
Original file size1.62 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken14-Jan-17 13:43
Date modified17-Jan-17 10:59
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon PowerShot S110
Focal length5.2 mm
Max lens aperturef/2
Exposure1/13 at f/2
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
ISO speedISO 1600
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x


Common Chest of the City of Wittenberg, c.1520
Luther Memorials Foundition of Saxony-Anhalt

The Common Chest of the City of Wittenberg was the opposite of the indulgence chest. Instead of removing money from the community, it was the focal point of the municipal welfare system. Luther's new theology broke the tie between doing good works and going to heaven. With less incentive for individuals to give to the poor, the community had to step in.
In 1521, this chest was placed in a highly visible position in Wittenberg's church. It held vauable objects and money. At first the money came from the sale of Catholic Church property, both land and treasure. As those sources dried up; individual philanthropy had to be reestablished. The money had many uses. It funded schools, churches, and health care. Anyone who wanted could borrow money from the common chest. Such a loan enabled Luther to buy a property in 1532.