Program: regional literature – findling

Bad Freienwalder home calendar 2020

Home between Bruch and Barnim

The yearbook “Bad Freienwalder Heimatkalender 2020" is the 64th edition of the popular almanac. A total of 30 authors led by Dr. Reinhard Schmook participated. The authors make their contributions available on a voluntary basis and free of charge, thereby making an important contribution to documenting regional history.

As always, the book deals not only with the spa town, but also with the surroundings. Topics of the book this year include:

• 150 years of high school in Bad Freienwalde (by Reinhard Schmook)

• Club sport in Freienwalde from 1919 to 1932 (by Hartmut Raeck)

• 30 years Oberbarnimer Kulturverein (by Ingrid Linke)

• 60 years Haus der Naturpflege (by Kerstin Götter)

• The Freienwalder serial killer Roloff (by Michael Braun)

• The painter Georg Klapper in Falkenberg (by Herbert Lauter)

• The Cöthener Schloss – from the noble seat to the socialist boarding school (by Peter Panzer)

• The story about the Liebenstein (by Wulf-Dieter Künne)

• The history of the Europabrücke near Zäckerick and Alt-Rüdnitz (by Horst Regling)

• The colonist sculpture in Vevais (by Inge Müller)

• 750 years of Beiersdorf – parade in pictures (by Helmut Mette)

• The association to form a dyke association "Oderbruch" in 1940 (by Hans-Peter Trömel)

and much more .

Yearbook 2020 Märkisch-Oderland

The new "Yearbook 2020" for the district of Märkisch-Oderland has been published. It is the 27th edition of the popular almanac. It contains 32 contributions from 26 voluntary authors who have tracked down special stories of the region and researched many details and valuable information.

A sad chapter in district history are the events of the Second World War. We will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2020. The Lebus chronicler Manfred Hunger has compiled previously unpublished testimonies. Other articles are devoted to the fates of the Seelow citizens during and after the end of the Second World War, the course of the end of the war in Lebus or Shukow’s command post in Strausberg.

Other reports are about:

• archaeological research in Altlandsberg, Eichwerder and Seelow

• Orange milk from Platkov

• the foundation of the first LPG in Worin

• the Chamisso Museum in Kunersdorf

• the Gustav Seitz Museum in Trebnitz

• the disappeared village of Lapenow

• the treasure of the von Pfuels in Jahnsfelde

• the rare breeding bird of Brandenburg: the meadow consecration

• the penitentiary and concentration camp in Sonnenburg

• the Bienert coffee roaster in Görlsdorf

• Cultural centers in Märkisch-Oderland.

Freienwalde – pretty word for pretty place

Theodor Fontane’s encounters with Freienwalde

Theodor Fontane made the Oderbruch and our Barnimer homeland widely known with his descriptions in the "Wanderings through the Mark Brandenburg". Between 1859 and 1867 he stayed at least once a year in Freienwalde on the occasion of visits to his father Louis Henri. On these occasions, the poet also visited various locations in the city and described them.

In the book i.a. the Nikolaikirche, the artificial ruin on the vineyard, the fountain churchyard "Rosengarten", the Monte Caprino, the castle Freienwalde or the chapel at the Gesundbrunnen from the perspective of Theodor Fontane presented and compared with the current appearance.

Accompany Dr. Reinhard Schmook on Fontane’s footsteps through Bad Freienwalde. The well-known author and folklorist has immense knowledge of the regional history of the Oderland and lives in Bad Freienwalde himself. He has headed the Oderland Museum there since 1977 and has been the honorary managing director of Walther-Rathenau-Stift GmbH since 1991. He has appeared in numerous books, lectures and exhibitions his Research results on the cultural history of the region published.

With over 100 illustrations, the book “Freienwalde – pretty word for pretty place” is an exciting companion on an excursion through the spa town. The book also serves as a companion for the exhibition of the same name in the Oderland Museum in Bad Freienwalde, at Uchtenhagenstrasse 2. The opening times for this exhibition: April 26, 2019 to December 31, 2019 · Wednesday to Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm.

The miraculous story of Peter Schlemihl

The first children’s book by Findling Verlag, with texts by Marion Schulz, based on the novel by Adelbert von Chamisso.
Illustrations by Gunar Slezewski.

That is the story of Peter Schlemihl.
It is so wondrous and strange that some people do not want to believe it.
But Peter really experienced it that way.
It all started with Peter’s search for happiness, which took him to a distant city. There he met a strange, gray little man. It promised him eternal wealth if Peter were to give him his shadow. He will regret the business that Peter does with the little man .

A book for children from 6 years and for everyone who is enthusiastic about the story of the lost shadow.

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Walther Rathenau & Freienwalde Castle

Guided tour of the Walther Rathenau memorial in Schloss Freienwalde

On September 29, 2017, the 150th anniversary of Walther Rathenau’s birthday, which due to his work as a writer, industrialist and politician, was one of the most remarkable and dazzling personalities of his time. While he, as Reich Foreign Minister, campaigned to give the Weimar Republic a new reputation and room for maneuver on the international level, he fell victim to an assassination attempt on June 24, 1922, by members of the right-wing radical "Organization Cosul" in Berlin.

In 1909 Rathenau acquired Schloss Freienwalde from the Prussian crown and, after careful renovation, used it as a rural refuge and workplace. At the same time, he wanted to show the public that despite his Jewish origin he saw himself as a Prussian and with felt connected to the traditions and nature of the state. In 1918 he brought the Freienwalder estate into the "Rathenau-Stift GmbH", the shares of which, after his murder, were donated by the heirs to the then district of Oberbarnim. The latter undertook the associated obligation to maintain and maintain the castle estate as a place of remembrance of the old Prussian culture around 1800 and of Walther Rathenau. The Nazis liquidated this company in 1934 to erase the Rathenau name. From the Nazis’ takeover until the reunification of Germany in 1990, nothing in the castle reminded of Walther Rathenau. It was only in 1991 that the "Walther Rathenau Foundation Non-Profit GmbH" was re-founded and a permanent Rathenau memorial was set up on the upper castle floor.

On the occasion of the 150th birthday, the exhibition in the Rathenau memorial was revised and expanded. The memory of Walther Rathenau, kept alive by this exhibition at the historical location, is of a historical personality, who for us today was representative, critic and victim of a past epoch that fluctuated between the Empire and the Republic.

The book is a companion through the memorial and is dedicated to the history of the Prussian royal palace and the life and work of Rathenau.

Louis Henri Fontane

Life and fate of a poet’s father

Louis Henri Fontane’s 150th anniversary on October 5, 2017. This book is dedicated for the first time to the father of the great poet Theodor Fontane and illuminates the ancestors of the family. The focus is also on the Fontanehaus in Schiffmühle, where Louis Henri Fontane spent his retirement and which was the starting point for many excursions by the son Theodor.

Learn more about in the book:

• New insights and views on the Fontane family,
• Louis Henri Fontane’s house on the Oder in Schiffmühle,
• Family documents discovered for the first time, for example the will of the poet’s father.

Illustrated throughout with around 100 photos, the book shows the history of the Fontanehaus, including its restoration and reconstruction in the 90s. A separate part of the book also contains numerous personal documents of the Fontanes and finds from old magazines and newspapers.

I take the pen with great pleasure

The agricultural letters from Henriette Charlotte von Itzenplitz to Albrecht Daniel Thaer around 1800

To add another edition to the many known correspondences of the “Century of Letters” requires a justification in advance, since other historically very immigrant people in the Thaer Archive already have the letters of Henriette Charlotte von Itzenplitz, called Frau von Friedland (the younger), seen without feeling the impulse for a publication.

The letters from Henriette von Itzenplitz to the great reformer Abrecht Daniel Thaer were particularly interesting from the perspective of rural women’s and gender studies, on the one hand because they were addressed to a man who remains virtual, but is clearly reflected in the answers of the letter writer , On the other hand, however, because correspondence falls in a highly exciting and explosive social turning point, in the period "around 1800", which historiography describes as a time of transformation and crisis. A profound change in society and agriculture has begun, which unsettles the rural aristocratic society, to which the protagonist of the letters belongs, and suggests new strategies for survival.

Henriette Charlotte von Itzenplitz’s correspondence not only traces the portrait of a young, aristocratic, ardent reform woman, but can also be read as a document of the not entirely smooth encounter of a conservative country nobility and a representative of the urban bourgeoisie, both of whom are transforming agriculture into a modern one Business was at heart.

Literary life in Bad Freienwalde between the world wars

• Local and regional history writings of the Albert Heyde Foundation in Bad Freienwalde, Volume 4

"Literary life in Bad Freienwalde between the world wars" was the name of a lecture that Mr. Hans-Peter Trömel, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Albert Heyde Foundation, gave some time ago during a foyer talk at the Oberbarnimer Kulturverein. The author had been dealing with this topic for years and was able to gain deep insights into a difficult time in the spa and bathing city almost 100 years ago. During these years, an extremely active intellectual and cultural life flourished in Bad Freienwalde like never before and even later, which was ultimately not desired by the National Socialist rulers and has been increasingly hampered since the mid-1930s.
To ensure that the text of the lecture and the knowledge gained are not lost, the Albert Heyde Foundation has summarized and published the material in the fourth volume of its local and regional history writings. This is to keep alive the memory of those times and above all of those personalities who have decisively supported and promoted the literary life described.

The pyramid >

A landscape garden only lasts as long as the caring hand of man maintains it, otherwise nature takes possession of it again.

The park near Garzau, 35 km east of Berlin, designed by Friedrich Wilhelm Carl Graf von Schmettau (1743–1806) at the end of the 18th century, has been restored to nature. Only the initiate discovers his traces, his perception of art history can be found in publications.
Few testimonials have survived from the heyday of this landscape garden. Personal records of this from the Count v. Schmettau are not known. After the count sold the Garzau estate and acquired Köpenick Castle, the garden fell into disrepair.

The last monument of architectural rank in the Garzau garden was the ruin of a pyramid, which by reconstruction became Germany’s largest field stone pyramid. Dedicated to their reconstruction the association “Pyramid and castle park Garzau e. V. ”since its inception in 2000.
In the present document, a "walk" through the former park with its architecture should give the reader an impression of the garden, as the former visitor Leopold v. Reichenbach described in 1790.
Then the reconstruction of the pyramid is described and shown in pictures, starting with the ruin through the excavation work and reconstruction until completion. The new building shows us the way to the sources of its stylistic elements, and it can take a new place in the list of monuments of the State of Brandenburg.
While the builder of the pyramid is still unknown, drawings by a well-known architect from 1784 were found that could have served as a template for the portal.
In another section, the incomplete biographical information on the client of the pyramid is supplemented by information from archives.
The last chapter contains a transcription and first publication of the Count’s will. The count’s last wills from 1803 allow insights into his personal environment with the people close to him, provide information about his financial circumstances and are one of his few surviving autographs. Documents in the Secret State Archives of Prussian Cultural Heritage in Berlin also contain references to the whereabouts of his estate.

Stories from the sandbox


The anthology published by the Brandenburg State Association in the Association of German Writers (VS) brings together contributions from 24 authors. The texts are as different as the ones they wrote down: there is a narrative and reportage, a biographical sketch and musicological considerations with poetic counterpoint, poem and memory – just stories from the sandbox.

Anyone who gets involved will follow a heartily sinful girl through Prenzlaus streets and drive with Vodka Gorbatschow to Wannsee, taste sweet Christ tears and the bitterness of a Jewish cigar, see Gotthilf Wagenknecht over his shoulder when he is building his ship of fools, and a painter , when hopeful blue flows over the painting from the end of a night shift, experiences the omnipresence of death with a child in a post bus or stands on a misty morning in perplexed pain in front of the shopping cart on the base of a looped monument, hearing what is going on in Katinkas spinning rooms Feuerschopf told and how a finger of God reached a cultural consultant in Gnesebeck, learns what the sight of a female neck can do, what a grave in Kleinmachnow means to a Viennese and the image of an unshaven village frisper to a woman from Frankfurt …

We hope you enjoy reading it.

Flori, the roebuck

A gate story from the Wriezen game reserve

This brochure was created on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the game reserve in Wriezen in 2014. It shows impressive insights into the work of the facility.
The life story of the roebuck Flori reflects the love for the animal and the knowledge about an animal species w />

Schöneicher impressions

Past and present stories

The place, which is only a stone’s throw away from Berlin, can already look back on over 640 years of eventful history. Reason enough to present this idyllic place, which offers its residents and visitors so much peace and relaxation, in a text-image volume.

With their expertise and fabulous joy, both authors tracked down important events, locations and important people who shaped the place in the past and determine its image today. They put together an interesting and exciting collection that is not yet available on the book market.

Historical and current photos complement the stories, anecdotes and small feature pages, so that readers can feel the amiability of this »green oasis« in pictures and text and experience the change, the beauty and tranquility of the place. You are cordially invited to get to know Schöneiche better. Read and discover!


A chronological overview

This book is intended to bring memories of the thriving town to the older residents, which had to suffer such a cruel fate in 1945. The younger citizens of Wriezen are said to be interested in dealing with the history of their hometown. The alumni, who were looking for happiness abroad and found a new home, are said to be memories of childhood and youth. It is intended to show visitors to the city what interesting events have taken place here over the centuries and bring them closer to the place as a whole.

Did you know,

• that the Burgundians once settled in the area of ​​today’s town of Wriezen?

• that the place was already mentioned in 1247?

• that Wriezen was once famous for its viticulture?

• that the building of today’s Sparkasse was built in 1781 as a silk building house?

• that today’s town hall was once a deaf and dumb institution?

In this volume you will learn about these and other facts as well as events in the eventful history of the old trading town in the Oderbruch.


Splendor and impermanence in eight centuries

This chronicle shows in words and pictures how Altlandsberg used to be and some of the antiquities can still be discovered today. Read and see what has been done to bring the streets and “civic centers” of the old town back to their former glory.

Did you know,

• that a large part of the city walls and ramparts built between 1300 and 1350 can still be seen in their original form today?

• that Frederick the First of Prussia spent part of his youth in the castle and turned it into a royal castle in 1708?

• that in addition to the current town hall, which was the district court until 1954, there are two former town halls on the edge of the old market?

In this volume you can read all and much more that has happened within the historic walls of Altlandsberg. Let yourself be invited to get to know the city, which has grown far beyond its historical core.


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