Gabriel Riesser (1806-1863), the first Jewish judge in Germany, enters the Hamburg High Court, breaching the wall with his head. Riesser studied law but was refused a license to practice because of his religion. He became a leading advocate of Jewish emancipation, a member of the revolutionary parliament in 1848, a vice-president of the Hamburg city council and, finally, in 1860 a judge.
A contemporary caricature. The German expression "With your head through the wall" signifies great stubbornness.