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 Post subject: Purpose and Mission of the Karl-May-Foundation
PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 12:07 pm 
Karl-May-Stiftung (Karl May Foundation), Radebeul. May’s Last Will of 8 March 1908 named his wife, Klara May as his sole heir with the provision that the entire estate (…everything I own, and everything my works will earn…) after her death should go to a benevolent foundation. The foundation’s purpose was to provide education assistance to impoverished, talented people, and support needy writers and journalists. This ‘Karl-May-Foundation’ had already been established by Klara May on 5 March 1913 with the Royal ministry of education and cultural affairs in Dresden and by means of two testamentary contracts on 11 December 1913 and 26 January 1926 declared the sole heir of the entire May fortune. Klara May died on 31 December 1944.

With the enforced political split between the publishing house and the Foundation during the cold war era, as well as the termination of the 50-year copyright period for Karl May’s work in 1962 the objective of the Foundation has been redefined. The modern purpose of the Foundation is the care and upkeep of the memory of the author Karl May and his works, and their educational intent of promulgating tolerance, understanding among nations and love of peace.


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