Publications by the Ernst Freiberger Foundation
Family, Ties and Care
Published by Prof. Dr. Hans Bertram Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany, and Nancy Ehlert Research assistant, Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany.
Families international the new milestone How may care be secured particularly in ageing societies, how may families, relatives and friends support each other and live together beyond market reasons? How can social welfare be secured?
Including contributions by Prof. Dr. Rupert Scholz and Prof. Helmut Engel
“Without history, there is no future”. This idea is not new, yet in our flyby times it is often forgotten. What seems to be of foremost interest today is the smooth and best possible combining of functional procedures whereby recollection, which is a necessary enterprise, is increasingly being neglected.
Including contributions by Ernst Haiger, Amelie Ihering, Albrecht Haushofer and Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker
Ever since it was founded, the Ernst Freiberger Foundation has been seated in Berlin-Moabit. In this district stood the prison where Albrecht Haushofer was detained. Not far from the foundation’s headquarters is the location where Albrecht Haushofer together with other prisoners was shot by an SS unit, the small cemetery where he is buried is also nearby.
Including contributions by Wilhelm Mons, Horst Zuse, Roland Vollmar and selected writings by Konrad Zuse
The personality as well as the work or Konrad Zuse both reveal the ingenious inventor. At the age of 25, Zuse laid the theoretical foundations for a mechanical calculator that was not only to “free the engineer from the work of mechanical calculation but also allowed for increasing its own capacity enormously”.
Including contributions by Wolfgang Michalka and Christiane Scheidermann and selected writings by Walther Rathenau
By choosing Walther Rathenau, the foundation intends to honour the foreign minister of the Weimar Republic whose political thinking and action after the catastrophe of World War I initiated a slow reconciliation of the former enemy states.
Including contributions by Antje Korsmeier, Alexander Kissler, Volker Koop, Helmut Engel and selected writings by Thomas Mann
In the heart of Germany’s capital right along the river Spree the ‘Road of Recollection’ is taking shape, a project initiated by entrepreneur Ernst Freiberger from Amerang. Thomas Mann is the fourth personality from Germany to be honoured with a monument.
Carl Bolle is without doubt one of the most traditional and best known entrepreneurs of Berlin history. On a site in the district Tiergarten, right along the River Spree, Bolle more than a hundred years ago established his business reputation.
1st Amerang Dispute – August 4-6, 2006
Including contributions by Roman Herzog, Michael von Brück, Shivamurthy Swamiji, Sudhir Kakar, Richard Baker Roshi, Sulak Sivaraksa, Michel Bollag, Ilan Kutz, Mehdi Razvi, Nadeem Elyas, Johanna Haberer, Perry Schmidt-Leukel
The first Amerang Dispute on the issue ‘Religion – Humanity’s Blessing or Curse? The World at Crisis’ took place at a time shaped by diverging sensibilities. On the one hand there is a renewed attention to religious issues in Europe, on the other hand some people fear that religion as such could propel humanity back to the Middle Ages or, via entanglement in global conflicts, provide ammunition for a general Armageddon. Scenarios corresponding with such a view are not only being probed in Iran but also by extreme conservative Christian groups in the United States that hold considerable political influence.
A consequence of insuffient adaptations to a changing social and economic framework
No full employment via economic growth – Just like citizens in other member states of the European Union, Germans have been waiting for an economic upward turn that will offer a job to everyone – in West Germany for nearly 30 years, in East Germany for more than a decade. Their hope and expectations are futile. On the one hand, this is demonstrated by developments in economy, on the other hand by the work volume in relation to the hours actually spent with effective work.
Including contributions by Wolfdietrich von Kloeden and Hanna-Barbara Gerl-Falkovitz
She was a Jew, a scholar and a member of a religious order. The most important stages in the life of Edith Stein – who was murdered in Auschwitz in 1942 and canonized as a philosopher and Carmelite in 1998 – are marked by tension and seemingly insuperable contrasts. Her passionate search for truth represents the continuous effort to create a bridge between Judaism and Christianity, philosophy and religion, faith marked by experiences of mysticism and charitable action.
Including contributions by Peter Steinbach and Johannes Tuchel
Am 8. November 1939 versuchte der Schreiner Georg Elser, Hitler durch ein Attentat im Münchner Bürgerbräukeller zu töten. Wäre es gelungen, es hätte den Gang der Weltgeschichte wie kein anderes Ereignis des 20. On November 8, 1939, the carpenter Georg Elser tried to assassinate Hitler in the “Bürgerbräukeller” in Munich. If his attempt had been successful, it would have altered the course of world history like no other event of the 20th century. However, up until the 1990s and quite unlike the conspirators of July 20, 1944, Georg Elser has hardly gained recognition within Germany’s culture of remembrance. For a long time, his name was defamed and it was assumed that his action had been commanded by others. Today, the fact that he acted on his own accord and that he was motivated by political and ethical reasons is undisputed.
Including contributions by Paul Kahlfeldt, Michele Caja, Artur Gärtner, Fritz Neumeyer
“Less is more” – this proverbial interpretation of what is essential epitomises the oeuvre of one of the greatest modern architects. With uncompromising buildings of glass and steel that have variable floor spaces Ludwig Mies van der Rohe established a rational and universal concept. His ideas heavily influenced his fellow architects and have been further developed up until today. Mies van der Rohe’s work stands out for its quality of proportion, detail and material.