Jean Schortgen, born in 1880 in Tétange, was a Luxembourgish miner, trade unionist and politician. Schortgen worked in mining and metallurgy. Having been raised in a family of day labourers, he was characterised at an early age for his commitment to poor and underprivileged people. Jean Schortgen was the first worker to join the Luxembourg Parliament ass a social-democratic MP.
The Luxembourgish linguist Hélène Palgen was born in 1902 in Echternach. She ran the girls’ grammar school in Luxembourg as its director until 1967. Hélène Palgen was one of the first researchers to study the Luxembourgish language in a scientific manner. Her publications include studies on regional characteristics of the Luxembourgish language.
Antoine Hirsch was born in 1868 and died in 1934. He studied engineering in Liège and architecture in Aachen. He first worked in Augsburg than for the Maus Company in Frankfurt am Main. In 1897, he became director of the “Ecole des Arts et Métiers” in Luxembourg. Moreover, Antoine Hirsch was also a painter and an author. He also dedicated some of his publications to the representation of women in art.