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"To progress is always to begin always to begin again."
Magdeburg’s conversion to the Protestant faith was one of Luther’s greatest victories. A memorial in front of St. John’s Church erected by the renowned sculptor Emil Hundrieser in 1886 serves as a continual reminder of Luther’s influence on this historic city. It started out small, with Martin Luther attending boarding school here for a year at the age of 13. Later on in 1524, Luther returned to the city to give a sermon that inspired almost every church in the city to convert to Protestantism in a matter of days. From this point onward, Magdeburg became a leader in the Reformation and a forerunner in the comprehensive reform of the school system.