Contemporary Art by Women – German Embassy, London

Ammon  Katalog NEU Deckblatt Plakat Contemporary Art LONDON

Berlin-London
Contemporary Art by Women
German Embassy, London
34 Belgrave Square
5 February – 5 April 2015

Screenshot 2015-01-31 16.33.14Some say the battle for gender equality is over, at least in principle. Women won. So why does this exhibition set its sights solely on female artists? Is the artist’s gender still relevant in the 21st century?
Up to the early 20th century, female artists, like women in general, found their professional development limited by the societal constraints that forcibly reduced their role to mother and wife. […]
I hope you like the contemporary art exhibited here and you will join me in my belief that societies should make an effort to bring the artistic talents of women to the centre of our attention where they belong.
— Marliese Heimann-Ammon

Legacy of 1848 Conference Talks, Wartburg College, 2013

In short, the Legacy of 1848 Conference will attempt to highlight the timeless legacy of democratic and moral values the Forty-eighters brought to America.

We have the collection of talks of distinguished scholars from both Germany and America from the 2013 Wartburg College Legacy of 1848 Conference. Including such speakers as Professor Karl Fink, Edith Robbins, Michael Meyer, Marvin Kissmer, Tova Brandt, and Amanda Wolfson, these recordings present intriguing research about the 1848ers and their lasting impact on today’s world.

(To skip forwards and backwards through the playlist, use the arrows in the bottom-left. To jump directly to any session, push “Playlist,” in the top left, and navigate from there.)

We have posted the entire Legacy of 1848 Conference program on our website, but we also have extracted an excerpt of the summary of speakers and sessions below.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2013

Opening Remarks
Darrel Colson, President, Wartburg College; Joachim “Yogi” Reppmann, The Forgotten Forty-Eighter: The Wilhelm von Schirach Story and the Stoltenberg Forty-Eighter Institute; Daniel Walther, Gerald Kleinfeld Distinguished Professor in German History, Wartburg College

Session 1AYogi Reppmann
Daniel Nagel
, The Democratic Republicanism of the German Forty-Eighters; David Ellis, The Other Forty-Eighters: Redefining ‘Freedom’ in the Wake of the 1848 Revolution; Martin Rackwitz, Why did the Schleswig-Holstein-Question lead to the failure of the German national parliament in 1848?

Session 2A—Klaus Lemke-Paetznick
Alison Orton, German Anarchists and Bohemian Savages?: Chicago’s Ethnic Militias, 1848 Ideology, and United States Citizenship, 1870 – 1880; Terrence Lindell, Henry Goldhammer, Waverly’s Forgotten Forty-Eighter; Vern Rippley, Albert WolffMinnesota’s German Forty-Eighter

Session 2B—Yvonne Losch
Derk Janssen
, Exchange of Ideas: Transatlantic Political Concepts; Karl Fink, Schiller’s Ode to Joy in Different Tones

Session 3A—Niels Eichhorn
Edith Robbins, Fred Hedde, Immigration Agent for the State of Nebraska; Jan Jessen, Those left behind – The effects of the immigration on the Duchy of Schleswig

Session 3B
Erik Grell,
Prosaic Politics: Early German Liberalism and Berthold Auerbach’s Amerikabild in the Schwarzwälder Dorfgeschichten (1843); Dorothea Nelson, From Farmer to Philharmonic: Hans Balatka’s American Journey; Michael Meyer, 1848 Revolution in Europe and Germany: Influence in America

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2013

Session 4A
Niels Eichhorn, Separatist Forty-Eighters: The United States and a Legacy of 1848; Peter Mathews, Harro Harring, Life and struggle of a forgotten poet and knight of freedom; Peter Lubrecht, Mapping the United States and Drawing the Civil War: Charles T. Lubrecht, “Forty-Eighter” Lithographer and Artist

Session 5A—Terry Lindell
Larry Gill, Why were Forty-Eighters in the Civil War?; Joseph Cofield, Franz Sigel and the German Forty-Eighters: Impact on the American Civil War; Amanda Wolfson, The Newspaper as a Site of Collective Memory: The New Ulm Post and the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862

Session 5B
Matthew Lindaman
, Divergent Paths: Context and Opportunity in the Lives of Three Forty-EightersChristopher Brooks, Der Pionier, African-Americans, and Abolitionist America: The Case of John S. RockMarvin Kissmer, Panic of 1857 – Davenport’s Forty-Eighter in the First Global Financial Crisis

Session 6A—Jan Jessen and Yogi Reppmann
Roundtable Discussion, Parallels in Immigrant and Ethnic Museums:
 Tova Brandt, Danish Immigrant Museum, Elk Horn; Laurann Gilbertson, Vesterheim, Norwegian-American Museum, Decorah

Session 7A—Martin Rackwitz
Klaus Lemke-Paetznick, Theodor Olshausen’s History of the MormonsJoachim Bodenstaff, Olshausenstele 2009 – Modern Forty- Eighter Culture of MemoryYogi Reppmann, The Stoltenberg Institute for German-American Forty-Eighter Studies

Amerika – Auswanderung: 10-teilige Zeitungsserie, Flensborg Avis, Jan. 2015 (dt.)

Amerika – Auswanderung, 10 x zwei gr. Doppelseiten von dem hochtalentierten Jungjournalisten, Lennart Adam, Flensborg Avis. Einmalige Qualitaet – bislang hat noch nie ein Journalist so erfolgreich dieses komplexe Thema ‘angepackt’.

Die gesamte Serie in diesem PDF: US-Auswanderung, Len Adam Serie – Flensborg Avis, Jan. 2015.dt. 10 TeileFlensburg Avis

Talk at New Ulm, MN—Charismatic 1848ers

Although Germany will always remain our cherished Vaterland, America has been our beloved “Motherland” since 1992. Since that time, we’ve made twenty-three transatlantic trips “commuting” between our German home in Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, and our American home in Northfield, Minnesota.
In the spirit of German-American friendship, we invite you to enjoy an entertaining and informative sixty-minute video of our talk at Minnesota’s New Ulm Public Library, about 1848ers from Europe in America.

Many of us have dreamed of finding a treasure chest filled with riches. For Dr. Joachim “Yogi” Reppmann (Flensburg, Germany/Northfield, Minnesota), that dream came true. The chest he discovered contained a treasure far more valuable to the immigration historian than precious metals or gems. It held riches of a different kind: yellowed historical documents with red wax seals bearing witness to the yearnings of 1848ers Christian Müller and Hans Reimer Claussen.

Together with his colleague Scott Christiansen (Iowa City), Reppmann has studied these remarkable 160-year-old documents, which have yielded deep insights into the intellectual vitality and resoluteness of an amazing group of immigrants known as the “Forty-eighters.” This immigrant group consisted of a relatively small number of democratic revolutionaries who emigrated from Europe in the late 1840s and early 1850s after fighting unsuccessfully with both pen and sword for liberty, democracy, and national unity.

New York’s Steuben Society recently honored Dr. Reppmann (of Germany’s Stoltenberg Institute for German-American Forty-eighter Studies) for his research on the 1848 movement’s democratic impact in Germany and America. Please, enjoy: ‘Forty-eighters and Friends’,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3Ku8HtAOWs

Die Nacht der Entscheidung, Kalifornien, 1976

Nach der Tramptour gehen die Freunde getrennte Weg. Yogi Reppmann, li., wird Historiker, Thies Matzen, Weltumsegler. Foto: Privat (HFR)

Nach der  US – Tramptour, 1976, gehen die Freunde getrennte Weg. Yogi Reppmann, li., wird Historiker, Thies Matzen, Weltumsegler. Foto: Privat (HFR)

Ein Leben ohne Geld und materielle Wünsche: Wie geht das? Bei Thies Matzen fiel die Entscheidung in einer Nacht im November 1976 am Pazifikstrand von Laguna Beach in Südkalifornien. Er war gerade 20 Jahre alt geworden und mit seinem Freund Yogi Reppmann auf einer Tramptour durch die USA, nachdem beide das Abitur in Flensburg geschafft hatten.

Die beiden Freunde stehen kurz vor dem Ende ihrer fünfmonatigen Reise per Anhalter durch Nordamerika. Jetzt werden sie eigene Wege gehen. Aber welche? Ursprünglich wollte Thies Matzen ein Studium in dem gerade neu entstehenden Fach Ökologie und Umweltschutz beginnen. Yogi Reppmann will Historiker werden und sich auf die Geschichte der deutschen Auswanderer in die USA spezialisieren. Doch in dieser Nacht wird Thies Matzen nachdenklich. Ist das Studium und die klassische Karriere wirklich das Richtige für ihn? Bis zum Morgenanbruch diskutieren die Freunde, dann fällt der 20-Jährige eine Entscheidung fürs Leben: Er will eine Holzbootsbauer-Lehre in Dänemark absolvieren und danach ohne große Ersparnisse die einsamsten Winkel der Welt erkunden und anspruchslos auf einem Segelschiff leben.

Während Yogi Reppmann sein Studium beginnt, lernt Matzen das Bootsbauer-Handwerk. 1985 treffen sich beide auf einer Werft in Risør südlich von Oslo wieder: Matzen ist hier bereits Geselle, Reppmann verdient sich als Hilfsarbeiter Geld für die Promotion. Abends erzählt der Bootsbauer seinem Freund seinen Traum: 1980 hat der das legendäre Holzboot „Wanderer III“ erworben und seitdem überarbeitet. Nun will er mit dem Boot zur Weltumseglung aufbrechen. Bereits viermal zuvor war den Vorbesitzern mit „Wanderer III“ ähnliches gelungen.

Nach einigen Wochen trennen sich wieder die Wege der beiden. Reppmann beginnt seine Forschungsarbeit in amerikanischen Archiven, Matzen überquert den Atlantik und lebt seitdem auf dem Segelboot. Doch die Freunde bleiben bis heute in Kontakt. Als Reppmann im Frühjahr dieses Jahres Geburtstag hat, meldet sich Matzen von einer einsamen Insel auf den Falklands. Zum Geburtstag des Freundes nutzt der heute 58-Jährige ausnahmsweise die Satelliten-Station auf dem Eiland.

Materielle Wünsche sind Matzen fern. Als er zu seiner ersten Weltumseglung 1986 aufbrach, hatte er 1000 Mark Bargeld gespart. Zehn Jahre später lagen die 1000 Mark immer noch in der Bordkasse. Viel größer ist die Freude über einen Blumenkohl, den Kicki auf der Falkland-Insel entdeckt hat, wie die Geburtstags-Email, 27. März, 2014, verrät:

… wir mampfen gerade Salat aus dem Garten, aus dem Kicki mit der Botschaft eines Mirakels ins Haus stuerzte: der Entdeckung eines Blumenkohls. Die kleinen Freuden werden die grossen – so ist das hier. Ich bin augenblicklich seitwaerts von der Gegenwart geparkt und schiebe mich von Bild zu Bild durch Vergangenes – bis zum nachmittaglichen Geburtstagskuchen ein bisschen spaeter … .
Kein Bier, aber Kaffee dazu – so feiere ich dann mit dir.
Alles Liebe dir und Gitta von Kicki und
Thies

Stephan Richter, Flensburg, in  www.paradiso-magazin.de   Nr. 1, 2014

Yogi Reppmann’s Moving Legacy of 1848 Research: America’s Intellectual Vitality

Dr. Yogi Reppmann mit dem Überseekoffer - 11.10.2012 - Foto Marcus Dewanger

Yogi Reppmann proudly displays an 1848 Schleswig-Holstein Provisional Government document from the Hans Reimer Claussen trunk, which he discovered in Davenport. The trunk also contained several documents chronicling the valorous service of Claussen’s son-in-law (Christian Müller) during the Schleswig-Holstein War of 1848-50. New York’s Steuben Society recently honored Dr. Reppmann (of Germany’s Stoltenberg Institute for German-American Forty-eighter Studies) for his research on the 1848 movement’s democratic impact in Germany and America.

Davenport / Flensburg, Germany. Many of us have dreamed of finding a treasure chest filled with riches. For Dr. Joachim “Yogi” Reppmann (Flensburg, Germany/Northfield, Minnesota), that dream came true. The chest he discovered contained a treasure far more valuable to the immigration historian than precious metals or gems. It held riches of a different kind: yellowed historical documents with red wax seals bearing witness to the yearnings of Schleswig-Holsteiners Christian Müller and Hans Reimer Claussen.

Together with his colleague Scott Christiansen (Iowa City), Reppmann has studied these remarkable 160-year-old documents, which have yielded deep insights into the intellectual vitality and resoluteness of an amazing group of immigrants known as the “Forty-eighters.” This immigrant group consisted of a relatively small number of democratic revolutionaries who emigrated from Europe in the late 1840s and early 1850s after fighting unsuccessfully with both pen and sword for liberty, democracy, and national unity.

Many of the German Forty-eighters immigrated to the United States, with a large number from the present-day state of Schleswig-Holstein (including the dynamic Christian Müller) choosing Davenport & Scott County, Iowa as their adopted home. After settling in America, these unique and talented individuals provided an intellectual transfusion affecting not only their fellow German immigrants, but also the political and social history of the United States during one of its most critical periods. In an attempt to highlight the Forty-eighters’ contributions, Christiansen is currently working on two biographies, Indomitable Will: The Christian Müller Story and The Forgotten Forty-eighter: The Wilhelm von Schirach Story.

The moving educational video “Forty-eighters and Friends,” which highlights the efforts of Repp-mann and Christiansen in chronicling the lives and achievements of Davenport’s Forty-eighters, will be shown after Dr. Reppmann’s presentation on Sunday. www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3Ku8HtAOWs

For more information contact Yogi Reppmann, 507-645-2584; c. 507-581-6734 or yogireppmann@gmail.com  /

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Without ‘High Ball’ you won’t understand America!

Lee Sweetser, Orange County, California, November 1976 –

We had the pleasure meeting the Sweetser family almost forty years ago (Ouch!). Immediately after graduating from high school back in 1976, we came to America determined to see the country we’d dreamed about as a youth. Having little funds, hitchhiking was my only viable means of transportation.

While hitchhiking down Highway 1 from San Francisco, we met Lee, the wonderful patriarch of the extended Sweetser – family. While in the spacious family kitchen, he gave us some advice: “Here, have some bourbon and ginger ale. Without a highball, you will NOT understand America!” For the past thirty-eight years, I’ve worked diligently to gain a deeper understanding of his wisdom.

Everyone crossing the threshold of our apartment (which his wife Bonnie visited some time ago) receives a highball — strength dependent on the time of day — and is regaled with the advice a young German hitchhiker received in a California kitchen many moons ago.

This May was a perfect example of how we’ve continued honoring Lee’s sage advice. I was giving a talk in our local library about democratic revolutionaries from Schleswig-Holstein in northern Germany who settled in eastern Iowa at the Mississippi. Following the talk, about one hundred in the audience came to our apartment for a WILD party. Everyone there from the youngest (sixteen-year-old Gloria, a friend’s daughter and one of ten servers tasked with keeping the highballs coming) to the oldest (my eighty-five-year-old father, Ingo) were introduced to Lee’s astute advice.

Even though it was the middle of the week, the party’s last guest didn’t leave until 3:30 in the morning. Nele, Jan, and Rolf (three of our ten happy young highball servers), finding no one left to serve, took their leave as well. That left only me and my old college buddy Dee Eicke, who was staying in our guest bedroom. I routinely asked Dee, “Can you handle one FINAL highball?” Dee pretended to be furious that I would even ask such a truly dumb question. Having shared a student apartment with Dee for five and one-half years, during which time GALLONS of highballs were thirstily consumed, I immediately saw through Dee’s mock anger. I went to the kitchen, where to my utter dismay, I found thirteen empty bottles of Jim Beam and not a drop of American ginger ale from Schweppes. No wonder the last guest had left! Undeterred, we reverted to our Germanic roots and drank the local Flensburg beer instead.