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 Post subject: The house Karl May was born in.
PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 1:14 pm 
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Not much is known outside Germany about the house Karl May was born in on the 25th February 1842. Located in Saxony, at a place called Hohenstein-Ernstthal, a small community even today, with just over sixteen thousand inhabitants. Yet the house Karl May's came to this world became a museum today, inter alia with Ms. Kerstin Harder in attendance, a lovely lady much helpful to all who pay a visit there. The museum has been publishing "Karl May Haus Information", of which I have only the first ten numbers [From 1989 till 1997]. But what a treasure! Items never published before, researched by local enthusiasts and friends of Karl May. Somehow the findings have not made it into the mainstream of Karl May studies, as details on May's doctor Mickel; on Bertha von Suttner, the first Peace Nobel prize winner, a great friend of Karl May; Dr. Erich Wulffen, a Jurist, who first called Karl May a "born criminal" but later regretted it and became a friend of Klara May, and from Saul changed to Paul; a report of Karl May visiting the grave of Harriet Beecher-Stowe, authoress of "Uncle Tom's Cabin", whose grave Karl May visited when in the US; documents about the alcoholic landlord who accused the novice teacher May of having an affair with his much younger wife when May gave her an innocent kiss during a piano lesson.
Most interesting is a reproduction of a book "Auf fremden Pfaden" ["Along Unfamiliar Trails" translated by Kince October and available nowadays from Nemsi Books Publisher] by Schoehofs Foreign Books Cambridge, Massachusetts during WW2, for German POW in the US. The title page reproduced by the Karl May House Information Number 8, carries a round stamp "Censored - Headquarters Prisoner of War Camp".

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