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John Lawrence Quinlan aus Madison hat uns sein Photo mit folgendem Kommentar überlassen: Discovered the long lost negative for a favorite shot while rummaging through the family photo box tonight.... an aerial shot taken just after dusk of downtown Madison, c. 1983, looking west. One of those photos right on the verge of being impossible, because of the dim light, and being taken from a moving plane. Turned out pretty nice, though, dont'cha think?
Ja John, da geben wir Dir recht.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ergebnis der Wahl zum Vorstand vom 12. Januar 2010

 

Toni Schlegel berichtet, dass Frau Feierling-Rombach (Beisitzerin) und Herr Meier-Rudolph (Schatzmeister) aus persönlichen Gründen nicht mehr für den Vorstand kandidieren. An ihrer Stelle kandidieren für den Beisitz Herr Georg von Savigny und als Schatzmeister Herr Frederic Meier. Die übrigen bisherigen Vorstandsmitglieder stellen sich zur Wiederwahl: Herr Toni Schlegel (Vorsitzender), Frau Frauke Feix (stellvertretende Vorsitzende), Herr Dr. Manfred Höfert (Öffentlichkeitsarbeit), Frau Dorothee Jäger (Schriftführerin), Frau Dr. Renate Schulz-Weiling (Beisitzerin) Frau Siegried Thiessen (Beisitzerin). Frau Dr. Christine Gerhardt ist als Leiterin des Carl-Schurz-Hauses kraft ihres Amtes Mitglied im Vorstand. Nachdem keine weiteren Kandidaturmeldungen vorliegen, stimmen die anwesenden Mitglieder en bloc dem Vorschlag – bei Enthaltung der KandidatInnen – einstimmig zu.

 

Anschließend dankt der Vorsitzende Toni Schlegel den ausscheidenden Vorständen für ihre langjährige Mitarbeit und gratuliert den Neugewählten zu ihrer Wahl. Die Aufgabenverteilung des neuen Vorstandes finden Sie auf der Seite Impressum.

 

An Ihrer Mitgliederversammlung hat die Freiburg-Madison-Gesellschaft Frau Charlotte Weber und Herrn Walter Kolb zu Ehrenmitgliedern ernannt. Die FMG wurde im Jahre 1989, ein Jahr, nachdem die Stadt Freiburg mit der amerikanischen Stadt Madison, Wisconsin eine Partnerschaft vereinbart hatte, gegründet. Walter Kolb, der sich bereits im Jahre 1952 als deutscher Vertreter des YMCA über einen längeren Zeitraum in den USA aufgehalten hatte, war Gründungsvorsitzender der FMG und ist weiterhin als Organisator von Wanderungen bei den amerikanischen Austauschstudenten sehr beliebt. Frau Charlotte Weber, die über weitverzweigte verwandtschaft-liche Beziehungen in den Staaten verfügt, hat als Gründungsmitglied seit dem Anfang kaum eine Veranstaltung der FMG ausgelassen und mit ihrem Enthusiasmus für die deutsch-amerikanische Freundschaft zum Erfolg der FMG als Träger der Partnerschaft zwischen Madison und Freiburg beigetragen.

 

 

Das Foto zeigt von links nach rechts Toni Schlegel den Vorsitzenden der FMG, die Geehrten Charlotte Weber und Walter Kolb mit den Ehrenurkunden sowie die stellvertretende Vorsitzende Frauke Feix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike von Schneidemesser, guest of honor

 

Yesterday night, February 9, 2010, Toni Schlegel invited Mike von Schneidemesser presently in Freiburg to dine at the Greiffenegg- Schlössle. Some of his friends joined in the party. Mike was honored for his efforts in September 2009 in Madison, making our stay so memorable, and for the care, he ardently devotes to the partnership between Madison and Freiburg. The quality of the photos is what you may expect from an iPhone without a flash.

 

The table is all set, waiting for Mike. He was flanked by two distinguished ladies.

 

 

 

The 48ers - Fugitives of the Baden Revolution in the US

 

The first Stammtisch in February 2010 dealt with the 48ers, i.e., those persons who in the years 1848/49 stood up in many European countries for democratic changes in government.  Following the primarily bloody suppression of these revolts, many revolutionaries flew to the States. Being part of the general insurrection, the period in Baden was the longest in Germany. It started already in September 1847 in Offenburg and ended with the fall of the last stronghold Rastatt on Juli 23, 1849. Carl Schurz, known to all of you, was the last officer who escaped from Fort Rastatt through the sewer system. However, in the old times, a fugitive called Franz Sigel was even more popular in the States than Schurz. During the Civil War, Franz rallied the German offspring behind Lincoln. by singing I'm going to fight mit Sigel  

 

Popular Sigel at the Riverside Park in New York

 

An MS Powerpoint slide show as pdf-files on the Web will present to you - understanding some German or just looking at the pictures - the fugitives from Baden who became part of the American heritage.

 

 

 

 

Auch in Madison wurde ein neuer Vorstand gewählt

 

Mit neuem Elan hat unser Spiegelgremium, das Sister City Committee in Madison, am 7. März 2010 einen erweiterten Vorstand gewählt. Unser Korrepondent Mike von Schneidemesser teilt uns dazu mit:

 

Unter unseren neuen Vorstandsmitgliedern sind Carl Lewandowski als Historian, der nicht in der Art von Manfred die Fruehgeschichte Madisons erforschen wuerde (gibt es ja kaum), sondern Dokumente ueber die Gruendung unserer Partnerstadt und was da so alles lief katalogisieren moechte. John Powell, Alex de Pillis, und Monika Ramsey haben viel Interesse an Umweltfragen, John und Alex besonders an dem was schon in Madison in der Hinsicht gemacht ist. Monika, eine deutsche Einwanderin und jetzt als realtor/Immobilienmakler taetig, moechte sich um die Uebertragung von Freiburgs Erfahrung auf Madison kuemmern, zusammen mit Ted und Tom. Sie wird versuchen, ihren geplanten Berlinbesuch Mitte Juni zu aendern, so dass sie bei der Partnerstadtsmesse dabei sein kann.

 

Das sind gute Neuigkeiten lieber Mike. Ich möchte unser Mitglieder darum bitten, Carl Lewandowski bei der Ausarbeitung seiner geplanten Geschichte der Städtepartnerschaft Freiburg-Madison mit Rat und Material zu unterstützen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banks in the States and Germany following the financial crisis

 

Following a historical review of the still looming financial crisis, Toni Schlegel told the audience at the April 2010 Stammtisch that solid international finance and banking system reforms are still missing. The harping on manager bonuses aims to calm the man in the street but doesn't cure the fundamental problems. Instead, due to the continuing crisis, the big banks make again record gains in managing the bonds governments issue to finance their debts. In the States, small banks still suffer and go bankrupt, while in Germany, saving banks make an excellent profit because clients transfer their money from the big banks to smaller local depositories. There is a risk that the big players will continue to take great financial risks to maximize their profit, having seen that governments are willing to invest enormous sums in avoiding their bankruptcy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Das 

Schülerjazzorchester Freiburg


uunter der Leitung von Herbert Schiffels, aktives Mitglied der FMG, gibt ein Benefizkonzert zu Gunsten der Erdbebenopfer in Haiti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tea Party Patriots on the March

 

In a political environment where many things went out of control – the wars that America fights, the derailing of the international financial system, the environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico – a government has to adjust  to facing old and new challenges. But how much government?

 

Enter the Tea Party Patriots who fight the Obama administration on all fronts. Professor Kathleen Canning informed an amazed audience about the right-wing movement in the States questioning whether the President is an American (Barack, the Magic Negro), moving the public health insurance close to the Nazi euthanasia program, and calling adversaries socialists or even threatening them with physical attacks. While Kathleen was somewhat afraid about this political polarization in the US, we Europeans still consider the States a bulwark of democracy.

 

The discussion that followed was one of the most lively ones we ever had at our June Stammtisch. You may like to visit my blog for some personal thoughts,

 

 

 

 

A Streetcar Named Städtepartnerschaften

 

 

As an upbeat to the 5th Market Place of Freiburg's Partner Cities, Bürgermeister Otto Neideck
 christened a tramway of Freiburg's transport system, illustrating the city's various partnerships.
It will run the town reminding the Freiburgers of our many sister cities.
The photo above shows the graphical presentation of Madison.

 

 

 

Neideck is talking while Freddie, Monika. and Georges are enjoying their orange juice.
The photographer actually took a glass of sparkling wine from Baden,
 saving it from being splashed over the tramway

 

In the case of Besançon's presentation all French clichés are served:
Baguette, croissant, red wine, beret Basque and TGV.
In the background, the Bürgermeister is still talking while the driver is anxious to put the tram into service.

 

Under the watchful eyes of Mr. President and Mayor Dave and his wife Dianne
the Master (How does one call a female master?) of Freiburg-Madison's booth, Sigi proudly presents her team.
From left to right: Diane, a student from Michigan State University, George and Sigi (FMG),
and Hether, University of Iowa. The students who spend an Academic Year in Freiburg (AYF)
traditionally help during the Annual Market Place of Freiburg's Partner Cities.

 

 

 

American Friends

 

On June 30, 2010, I read the headline in the Badische Zeitung's daily column: 50 Years Ago: American Friends. In 1960 the then US Ambassador Walter Cecil Rowling in Bonn visited Freiburg to give a speech at the university about American-German relations. At the following reception at the Rathaus, Freiburg’s Lord Mayor Josef Brandel praised the US for having supported the people of Freiburg during the difficult years following the war. He continued jokingly: But what would America be without Freiburg?

 

He meant Martin Waldseemüller's map from 1507 of the then known world that showed the name Amerika for the first time. Martin, a scholar from Freiburg, had named the territories in the West somewhat wrongly after Amerigo Vespucci, a discoverer from Florence. Dowling's reaction: I didn't know that the Freiburg-American relations were as old as that.

 

Picture from Wikipedia

 

PS: In 1901, the only known original of the map was discovered in the library of Prince Johannes zu Waldburg-Wolfegg in Wolfegg Castle in Württemberg. It remained there until 2001, when the heir of Waldburg-Wolfegg-Waldseefamily needed money and sold the map to the United States Library of Congress for ten million dollars. Our chancellor Angela Merkel symbolically turned over the Waldseemüller map on April 30, 2007, in a formal ceremony at the Library of Congress, in Washington, DC. In her remarks, the chancellor stressed that the U.S. contributions to the development of Germany in the postwar period tipped the scales in the decision to turn over the Waldseemüller map to the Library of Congress. It is a sign of transatlantic affinity and indicates the numerous German roots in the United States.

 

 

 

 

In Defense of Madison 2010

 

Mike von Schneidemesser (vielen Dank!) schickte mir einen Link zu einem Artikel mit dem Titel: In Defense of Madison, den Bürgermeister David Cieslewicz am 12. August 2010 im Isthmus Weekly geschrieben hat:

 

  Darin verteidigt Mayor Dave seine Politik: Our environmental legacy, starting with the Park & Pleasure Drive campaigns of a century ago and including pioneering recycling and bike path projects in the 1970s, laid the foundation for our status as one of the greenest cities anywhere. This is just in time for an international municipal competition for greenness related to attracting the very kind of creative entrepreneurial types who build the new economy und erinnert auch an Freiburg: In the summer of 2008, … coming back from a trip to our sister city of Freiburg, Germany, with vacation stops in Nice and Paris, I got a sense of what it feels like to be part of the modern, global economic reality. (I know that last sentence will drive right-wingers crazy, but we really do have a lot to learn from Europe and the rest of the world. Our insular, America First attitude is hurting our ability to compete in a global economy.)

 

Für Fahrradfahrer habe ich ein speziellen blog bereitet.

 

 

 

 

Reception for the Students of the Academic Year in Freiburg 2010/2011

 

at the Greiffenegg-Schlössle on 15 September at 6 p.m.

 

 

Toni Schlegel, President of the Freiburg-Madison-Gesellschaft welcomes the new bunch of students for the Academic Year in Freiburg 2010/2011 at his place the Greiffenegg-Schlössle, while Resident Director Professor James Steakley refreshes an old acquaintance with Dr. Renate Schulz-Weiling, member of FMG's board. Professor Steakley had been in Freiburg as Resident Director for the AYF seven years ago, but our memories are so strong that we sense seven being a mere three years.

 

The student vintage of 2010/2011 enjoys food and drinks in the cozy atmosphere of the Greiffenegg Schössle discussing surely other things than the pitfalls of German grammar

 

 

 

 

Friends on the other side of the border

 

Not only do Madison and Freiburg cultivate their sistership, but many communities around our city do the same. Most of these partnerships are with French villages, but there is a particular one between Jasper in Indiana and the vintner village of Pfaffenweiler that deserves some attention.

 

 

  Three Viertele wine from Pfaffenweiler and the emblem of Jasper, located according to the well-known jazz classic Way down in Indiana

 

In the middle of the 19th century, more than 200 persons abandoned Pfaffenweiler, some for political reasons - following the bloody repression of the German revolution in 1848/49 - but the bulk of the mostly younger people left out of sheer misery. No work, nothing to eat, no future. The authorities even paid them the fare for crossing into the promised land. It happened that a substantial fraction of the Pfaffenweilers stayed together and settled in Indiana.

 

The story had all been forgotten until 1983 when historian Sabine Jordan studied the immigration of Badeners into the US. One year later, some skeptical Pfaffenweilers flew into the States but became exalted when in Jasper the Eckerles met the Eckerles, the Gutgsells discovered the Gutgsells, and the Scherles smattered with the Scherles. Since 1985 the Deutscher Verein in Jasper (15000 inhabitants) has intensified the contacts. Now, only 25 years later, the small community of Pfaffenweiler (2350) will create a Partnerschaftskomitee and the infrastructure for hosting young Americans for extended periods.

(Source Badische Zeitung September 24, 2010)

 

 

 

 

 

 The Theory of Intelligence

 

 

Aus Madison wird uns folgende Geschichte berichtet:

 

''Well  you see, Norm, it's like this .. ... . A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo.  And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first.  This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members.  In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells..  Now, as we know, excessive intake of alcohol kills brain cells.  But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first.  In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine.  And that, Norm, is why you always feel smarter after a few beers.'

 

Ich würde das eher als die Tugend des Biertrinkens (the virtue of beer drinking) bezeichen.

 

Unser Korrespondent in Madison Mike von Schneidemesser teilt uns weiter Folgendes mit:

 

Monika Ramsey hat im Juni beim Marktplatz der Parnerstädte kräftig mitgeholfen. Hier ihre Eindrücke: “I had a most wonderful time in Freiburg in June, on the occasion of their sister-city fair. It was my first visit ever to this beautiful city and its charm and ambience immediately won me over. The people I met, including the wonderful, enthusiastic team who organized our Madison booth, were incredibly friendly and hospitable. I am happy to say that I made new friends and intend to visit them again. The international flair of the fair was fabulous. I got to meet people from some of the seven sister-cities, that were represented. It once again showed me how, first of all, interesting it is to get to know about different cultures, and how well people from different cultures get along, when there is no political agenda involved. I also had the incredible opportunity to visit Vauban, get a tour from Meinhard Hansen and learn about that internationally acclaimed self-sustainable neighborhood first-hand. Meinhard, by the way, will be in Madison this month to give lectures and hold workshops about his passion, the Passive House. I can only recommend that anyone, who has even an inkling of interest to visit Freiburg and the Black Forest, who is interested in history and beautiful scenery, should do so rather sooner than later.”

 

John Reindl aus Madison ist z. Zt. in Freiburg und hat bereits einen unserer Stammtische mit seiner Anwesenheit belebt: John Reindl is in Freiburg taking German at the Goethe Institut. He attends the sister city functions there, and wrote recently: “...8 of us met and had a really great time and several of us will be having follow up conversations. Also, some new UW students are being given a reception on the 15th of September, and I plan to attend that event. Freiburg is a truly wonderful city to be in.“

 

 

 

 

Changing of the Guard in 2010

 

not in front of Buckingham Palace in London but at the Carl-Schurz-Haus in Freiburg. After only two years of service as Director, Dr. Christine Gerhardt was offered a professorship at the University of Bamberg. Yesterday we sat through one hour of laudatio for the leaving and welcome speeches for the arriving Director Friederike Schulte. Starting as Director of the CSH already on October 1st, Friederike originates from Wolfenbüttel. She gained experience in her job as assistant director of the American Center in Stuttgart.  

 

We listened to the Chairman of CSH’s Board, Freiburg’s Mayor for Cultural Affairs, the representative of the Ministry of Education and Culture from Stuttgart, the Consul General from Frankfurt, the Head of the CSH’s Educational Program, and last not least to the leaving and coming Director. The official ceremony was followed by animated discussions over a buffet with food and drinks.  

 

We from the Freiburg-Madison-Gesellschaft are looking forward to continued fruitful collaboration with the Carl-Schurz-Haus.

 

 

 

 

Oktoberfest im Essen Haus 2010

 

 

 

 

 Nach meiner Bemerkung über das Essen Haus in Madison schickte mir unser Korrespondent Mike von Schneidemesser folgenden Bericht über den letzten Stammtisch des Sister City Committee:

 

Our Stammtisch at the Essen Haus, Saturday afternoon, Sept 18, 2010 was well received. The unique offerings included  Spannferkel/pig roast acompanied by ‘America’s # 1 Polka band, Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones from Stevens Point.  Thanks to Carol Heidenway who scheduled it during a Badger home game.

 

Merke: Was uns Freiburgern der FC, ist den Madisonians das Football team der Badger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A national holiday without schwarz-rot-gold

 

FMG's traditional hiking tour on October 3, 2010, with Walter Kolb and the students from Madison, took us from the former abbey, St. Peter, on a round trip to the Lindenberg chapel and restaurant. It was a gorgeous Goldener Oktober day with mild temperatures, blue and clear skies that gave us breathtaking views from above into neighboring valleys of the Black Forest. In addition, we had good company and conversations.

 

View on St. Peters's Abbey. Note: a couple of houses carry solar panels

Some of the participants in high spirits on their way to the Hochgericht
(the former place of court and gallows high up on the hill).

There were only two downers: Only one student showed up for the hike. The others apparently had taken the train to Munich and the final weekend of the original Oktoberfest. No need to travel far: also we had beer and even alcohol-free fitting people below 21 and above 75.

 

Our one and only Renommier-Student Mat Frey and my glass of Erdinger Weißbier non-alcoholic.

Although it was our National Holiday commemorating 20 years of German re-unification, I only saw yellow-white catholic banners at the Lindenberg chapel but none of our Schwarz-Rot-Gold. Nowhere except at the very end of our excursion, a national flag was barely visible hidden by some trees. Here is a poor ersatz:

 

 

 

Three months ago, during the Soccer World Championship held in South Africa our national colors hung from roofs and balconies. Cars were sometimes decorated with several German flags. Let's look forward to 2012, when the European Soccer Championship takes place, and the bunting reappears.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puritanisches Erbe und politische Religion

 

FMG member Professor Peter Günther impressed a large audience at our October Stammtisch with his talk about the Dream of America when he traced the Puritan heritage developing into a political religion.

 

The pilgrims arriving on the American continent took along the way Puritan Brits (Thy mercy on thy people, Lord!) regarded themselves as the newly chosen people. The settlers put their belief to work as J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur has described in 1782: Americans are the western pilgrims who are carrying along with them the great mass of arts, sciences, vigor, and industry which began long in the East; they will finish the great circle.

 

Columbia hovering westwards

 

Later in 1845, when in old Europe people were subjects of autocratic rulers, John O'Sullivan went a step further, claiming that Providence had provided the land to free men: And that claim is by the right of our manifest destiny to overspread and to possess the whole of the continent which Providence has given us for the development of the great experiment of liberty and federated self-government entrusted to us. Not considering the rights of those who lived in these territories. O'Sullivan continues: Who will set limits to our onward march? Our country destined: the great nation of futurity. We must onward to the fulfillment of our mission: to establish on earth the salvation of man!

 

In the second half of the 19th century, Herman Melville carries this sense of mission even further: And we Americans are the peculiar, chosen people - the Israel of our time; we bear the ark of liberties of the world and continues Long enough have we doubted whether, indeed, the political Messiah had come. But he has come in us.  The Book of Mormon revealed on American territory in 1827 falls into place in this spirit: Christ eventually exults in God's own country.

 

Walt Whitman saw in the colonization of the American continent that Columbus's mission was accomplished at last:


     Tying the Eastern to the Western sea,
     The road between Europe and Asia.
     (Ah Genoese thy dream! thy dream!
     Centuries after thou art laid in thy grave,
     The shore thou foundest verifies thy dream.)

 

The discussion that followed Peter's fascinating presentation was long and lively. Some of my rather personal afterthoughts are found in my blog of October 8, 2010.

 

 

  

 

Goldener Oktober oder Indian Summer in Wisconsin

 

unser Bildkorrespondent Kendall Schneider in Madison hat mich auf die Schönheiten des Herbstes in Wisconsin hingewiesen:. Die Bilder stammen von der Webseite Travel in Wisconsin:

 

Farbeindrücke entlang der Great River Road

 

Frisch geerntete rote Äpfel und
ein Fest Master in bayrischer Tracht mit seinem Enkel bei einer Oktoberfest Parade.

 

 

 

 

 

Dear friends of Freiburg !

 

For 2011 the office of President and Vice President of Freiburg's Sister City Committee will be open for nominations. Tom Kaminski has asked that he not be considered for the offices, so we are soliciting nominations.  Please send your nominations for President or Vice President to Tom Kaminski,  Feel free to nominate yourself,  or suggest others who might be interested. The new officers will be elected at the Annual Dinner in late Winter 2011.

 

HERE IS WHAT WAS DISCUSSED AT OUR BOARD MEETING OCTOBER 4, 2010: 

 

It was decided to have our annual member meeting with dinner and entertainment again in the fine MATC lounge.  We hope to have Freiburg's Manfred Hoefert tell us about the 1848 Baden revolutionairies who fled to the US.  Kevin Kurdylo from the UW Max Kade Institute will then tell us about their accomplishments in the US Civil War.  Both Hoefert and Kurdylo have exhaustively researched the 'carreers' of the Baden revolutionaires - Schurz, Hecker, Sigel, and will show us many documents from that time, 150+ years ago.

 

Our city will again be represented at Freiburg's Sister City fair, June 9-11, 2011, by Monika Ramsey,  She will plan our display and offerings together with Gerry Brins plus Freiburg's Siri Thiesen and Manfred Hoefert.  If you want to participate, the city of Freiburg will pay for hotel and meals during the fair for a few members, while your obligations are minimal.

 

John Jacoby remarked that our committee is part of the Madison sister-city umbrella group sponsored by the city. The benefits are a modest operating subsidy and insurance for group travel to Freiburg.

 

It was decided to try to arrange for a round-table where businesses, associations, and groups with a significant presence in both the Freiburg and Madison areas can meet.  So far we are aware of the Bach Choirs, Rapid MRI development groups at the university hospitals in Freiburg and Madison, and the Slow-Foods movement.

 

The following people helped staff the information table at Saturday's farmers market this summer: Gerri Brins, Tom and Connie Seversin, Tom Kaminski, Sabine Moedersheim, Carolyn Hackler, Janice Gary and John Jacoby. They met many people with fond Freiburg memories, people who wanted to know about Freiburg's 'green' credentials, or ones who were just curious.

 

OUR REMAINING MEETINGS/STAMMTISCH THIS YEAR:

 

Sun, Oct 10, 5PM dinner a la carte in the GRUMPY TROLL BREWERY, 105 S. Second Street, Mount Horeb, WI 53572, 608-437-BREW (437-2739).

 

Cancelled is the Tue, Nov 16 talk about Growing Up in East Germany.

 

Mon, Dec 6, 2010, 6 PM, dinner and music at the Dorfhaus in Roxbury on the occasion of St. Nikolaus day.  The Bavarian Smorgasboard will be the main menu choice.

 

Mike von Schneidemesser

 

 

 

Death Penalty in Madison?

 

 When I came home from a one week trip to Dresden, Wrosław (Breslau), and Cracow (Krakau), I was shocked reading the following letter to the editor in Freiburg’s Badische Zeitung of October 12, 2010:

 

A lady questions Freiburg’s partnership with Madison as long as death sentences are enforced there. I cannot translate the second half of her statement  because what I read is incomprehen-sible in German. 

 

I knew that she had written nonsense (avoiding a stronger word in this context). Soon Mike confirmed: The death penalty in Wisconsin was already abolished in 1853, while we in Germany did this only a century later in 1949 with the coming into force of our Grundgesetz (Basic Law or constitution. I sent a counterstatement regarding the content in the above letter to our local newspaper. I shall keep you informed about their reaction.

 

 

 

 

 

Sailing away?

 

On October 21, 2010 the Badische Zeitung in their series: Tell me ... (Sagen Sie mal ...) published an interview with Friederike Schulte, the new Director of Freiburg's Carl-Schurz-Haus. Young and dynamic Friederike is full of energy, idealism, and new ideas for making the German-American relationship shine. Sailing the Carl-Schurz-Haus close to the wind, it was not surprising that during the interview, she expressed her wish to sail from Bremerhaven to New York once in her life.

 

My first reaction was that of admiration, my second that of angst. Didn't thousands of Germans, Poles, Czechs, Hungarians, etc., embark at Bremerhaven for the New World, the promised land, in the 19th and 20th centuries and never come back? Although with her statement that at the age of nine her greatest success was the perfect backward roll and now being Director of the CSH, we hope to keep her here for a while.

 

 

 

 

Bundeshauptstadt im Klimaschutz

 

Yesterday October 25, 2010, Freiburg was elected Federal Capital of Climatic Protection (Note that the German text in the title is shorter than the English one). In the photo taken in Berlin, you may distinguish Freiburg's Lord Mayor Dr. Dieter Salomon behind the certificate panel in black and Mayor Gerda Schuchlik holding up a yellow place name sign that was made on this occasion. Will this replace the present one: Universitätsstadt Freiburg? The runners-up, the cities of Frankfurt and Heidelberg, proudly brand their diploma, while long-time champion Münster this time, failed to gain a medal.

 

 

 

 

Madison hat gewählt

 

In den Staaten fanden am 2. November 2010 nicht nur Kongress- und Senatswahlen statt. Auch Madison hat gewählt. Hier im Wahlkeis 77 (Madison-Stadt) standen zur Wahl in die State Assembly nicht nur ein Demokrat und ein Republikaner, sondern auch ein Kandidat der Green Party.

 

Brett Husley, Dem.

 

Gewonnen hat Brett Husley von den Demokraten mit 49% oder 12138 Stimmen, während Ben Manski von den Grünen mit 31 % einen Achtungserfolg landete. Er lag damit gegen den allgemeinen Trend deutlich vor dem Kandidaten der GOP, der nur 19 % der Stimmen für sich verbuchen konnte.

 

Ben Manski, Grn.

 

Ben Manski wird hier in Freiburg zum Bundeskongress der Grünen am 20. November erwartet.

 

 

 

 

 

Wine Tasting at the Winery Sonnenbrunnen in Opfingen

with the students of the Academic Year in Freiburg 2010/2011

 

The wine tasting took place on the November 9, Germany's destiny date:

 

- Shooting of Robert Blum in Vienna in 1849,

- Proclamation of the first German Republic in Berlin in 1918

- The aborted Hitler putsch in Munich in 1923

Reichspogrom-night all over Nazi Germany in 1938

- Fall of the Berlin wall in 1989

 

Don't go back in history, Dad! Let the young people rather enjoy the wines of Baden.! As in previous years, vintner Jörg Scheel had invited the FMG and the students of the AYF to taste his grands crus.

 

Wine tasting is not to be confused with drinking. Note, for instance, the small glasses. Around the table,
eight student girls, from left to right: Taylor Cronbaugh, Emily Grambsch, Alex Lubbers, Alison Carriere,
 Steffi Klawiter, Hanna Toellner, Shelbi Goldman, Ashley Martin. But where are the boys?

Like Jack Horner sitting in a corner: Matt Frey, Wes Francis, and Vedran Vasic are in front of still empty glasses.

You have to earn your wine by listening to the explanations of Jörg Scheel about eco-wines
while Professor Jim Steakley has no problem watching over his students.
In front from left to right: Professor Jim Steakley, Matt Frey, Vedran Vasic, and vintner Jörg Scheel.

In serious talks? From left to right: Ashley Martin, FMG's Vice President Frauke Feix,
Dirk von Schneidemesser and FMG member Dr. Mercedes Beneto.

Photos courtesy Mat Frey© and Jim Steakley©

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green City Madison

 

Jetzt erst recht. Trotz oder gerade wegen des gewählten republikanischen Gouverneurs ist die Grüne Welle in Madison nicht mehr zu stoppen. Bei einem Umweltforum in unserer Partnerstadt am 9. November 2010 werden Freiburgs Anstrengungen zur ökologischen Nachhaltigkeit präsentiert und diskutiert.

 

 

 NELSON INSTITUTE COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM

 

Freiburg, Germany, is often called "the greenest city in the world." It's also Madison's sister city, allowing us a close look at how Freiburg infuses sustainability into its housing, transportation and energy infrastructure. We'll take a virtual tour of of the city and hear from three people who are closely involved with the Freiburg-Madison connection. They'll discuss the actions and policies needed to make a community more sustainable and create green job opportunities -- in Germany and here at home. We'll also hear about student internship opportunities in Freiburg. Forums are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

 

Disruptive Change: Freiburg, Germany as a Sustainable Model

 

Panel Discussion:

DANIELA DAUS, Manager, Consulting Projects & Transatlantic Program, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest

GARY RADLOFF, Policy Director, WI Bioenergy Initiative & Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment

TED PETITH, GreenLink Projects LLC

ELIZABETH TRYON, Community-Based Learning Coordinator, Morgridge Center for Public Service

TRACY HOLLOWAY, (moderator), Director, Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 5:30 - 7:00 PM 1106 MECHANICAL ENGINEERING BLDG. 1513 UNIVERSITY AVENUE

 

 

 

 

The Long (established) Christmas Dinner

 

Forget Thornton Wilder; rather concentrate on FMG's tradition. This year we exceptionally had snow on December 1, 2010, such that three persons booked couldn't make it to the Greiffenegg-Schlössle. Those present were spoiled as usual and particularly keen to taste the roasted goose since this year we had been deprived of turkey, the Thanksgiving Dinner organized by the Carl-Schurz-Haus not taking place.

 

When approaching the Schlossberg, you pass Oberlinden. Note the linden tree decorated with Herrenhuth Stars.
In the back, you sense the steeple of Freiburg's Münster Church.

Taking the aperitif at the beautifully decorated Greiffenegg-Schlössle: Mrs. Herr, Professor Peter Günter,
our Renommier-Student Mat Frey and FRG's honorary member Charlotte Weber

President Toni Schlegel delivered his humorous speech.

On the other side of the table. Didn't they get the joke?

Same procedure as last year: Mrs. Biehre presents the object of desire., but don't forget the rest of the menu:

Terrine of Guinea Fowl with Mâche, Blackend Nuts, and Figs

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   Essence of Beetroot with Ravioli from Cèpe

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 Crisp Roasted Goose with Appled Red Cabbage, Potato Dumplings, and Sweet Chestnut

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   Mousse of Raspberry with Meringue and Pear Sorbet

 

The author of all those unique photos Professor Jim Steakley, student Janelle Peifer and Toni Schlegel.
Thank you, Jim!

 

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