The Sudeten Germans presented cultural prizes at the convention in Regensburg

The Sudeten Germans presented cultural prizes at the convention in Regensburg

Sudetští Germans awarded cultural prizes at the convention in Regensburg

The Sudeten German Congress, which began on May 26, 2023 in Regensburg, Bavaria, is, according to the head of the Sudeten Germans, Bernd Posselt (pictured), a sign of spring in relations with the Czech Republic.

Regensburg (Germany) – The Sudeten Germans handed out their cultural awards this evening at the start of the Sudeten German Congress, which will last until Sunday in Regensburg. Tina Strohekerová was honored for her literature and journalism, and her work drew attention to the almost forgotten Czech-German writer Josef Mühlberger.

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The great Sudeten German cultural prize was awarded to the architect Johannes Probst, who participated, among other things, in the reconstruction and reconstruction of the Theaterplatz square in Saská Kamenice (Chemnitz). Together with his brother Markus, he is also behind a pair of Munich houses that have part of the living space below ground level.

The prize for fine arts and architecture was received by Heike Schwarzová, performing under the pseudonym Jo Thoma, who deals with photography, drawings and illustrations. He is also involved in etching, which is a graphic technique in which a drawing is created using acid applied to metal plates. Schwarz also studied philosophy, ethics and law.

“In the author's working method, the intermingling of art and science is intensely manifested without the risk of the artistic products becoming illustrations of her scientific work,” the Sudeten Germans said, adding that Schwarz's work points to a multidimensional identity.

Tina Strohekerová was awarded in the category of literature and journalism by the Sudeten Germans, among other things, for taking care of the legacy of the writer Josef Mühlberger. This native of Trutnov, who came from a mixed German-Czech family, was dedicated to breaking down the prejudices of the Sudeten Germans against Czech culture even before the Second World War and positioned himself as an opponent of nationalism, which led him to befriend Max Brod, a Prague writer of Jewish origin who wrote in German.< /p>

After the rise of Nazism, Mühlberger faced problems because of his democratic thinking and friendship with Jewish authors, he also faced accusations of homosexuality. To avoid further persecution, he joined the army and eventually ended up in American captivity. After the Second World War, he lived in Eislingen in Baden-Württemberg, where he translated Božena Němcová and Jan Neruda, among others. Several of his books have been published in Czech, including a committee of commemorative prose Where I was at home or History of German literature in Bohemia 1900-1939.

In addition to Mühlberger's personality, Strohekerová also devoted herself to the Czech dissident Hana Jüptnerová. After her death, she published a collection of photos and lyrical texts about her entitled Hana oder Das böhmische Geschenk (in Czech as The Book of Hana). . This group set itself the goal of preserving and making available to all age groups the culture of the Sudeten Germans from Jabloneck, especially the dialect. On Saturday, the Sudeten Germans will present their highest award, which is the Charles IV European Award. Czech social democrat Libor Rouček and German diplomat Christian Schmidt will receive this award, which is named after the Czech king and Roman emperor Charles IV. Rouček and Schmidt jointly run the Czech-German discussion forum.