Go not to Wittenberg.

Abraham is the common ancestor of the monotheistic religions. He is the ancestor of the Israelites and the Ishmaelites. Angels appear as messengers and preachers of God in the Torah, the Bible and the Koran. The struggle with God, concerning faith, preoccupies all of us. Where do our roots lie? Who are we? Where are we going? What connects us to others? What knowledge do I personally have about the Jewish people and their history, their religion? What images are created before my eyes?

Painting workshops on the subjects of angels and dreams will be held in July in the KulturBotschaft, in close association with the WITTENBERG_PALAST, and in cooperation with the ‘Historische Farbenküche’ (historical paint kitchen). For dates and registration see www.kulturbotschaft.info

Perhaps the bird Zev will appear, headed to the Stadtkirche (town and parish church), and show the picture ‘Jacob‘s dream of the ladder’ by an unknown painter from around 1615. Outside the church, your view drifting towards the sky, you don’t believe your eyes, as you discover a sandstone relief, the ‘Judensau’ (‘Jewish sow’). Due to the Reformation that originated here 500 years ago, Wittenberg is a ‘place of Christianity’, a pilgrimage site and a national symbol, and was even a synonym for progress and scholarship during Shakespeare‘s times (hence why he located Prince Hamlet to study here).

… Let not thy mother lose her prayers, Hamlet: I pray thee, stay with us; go not to Wittenberg.

(William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.2.118-119)

The main building and ‘base camp’ of the KulturBotschaft – Dialog der Weltanschauungen (dialogue of worldviews) lies directly opposite the town and parish church of St. Mary’s, the building adjacent to Luther‘s pulpit, but already belongs to the ‘Jewish quarter’. The Judensau, a disgrace to the mocking of the Jews, is a heavy legacy for the ‘Lutherstadt’ (Luther town), but also, of course, the entire Protestant church, from whom a position is called for. This offensive ‘Judensau’ sculpture which has been at the church for more than 700 years (!), cries out for an examination of Jewish history in Wittenberg – as well as a very personal confrontation with the Jewish. A gateway to the past is forced open, with a focus on a search for the dissenters, the disadvantaged and the voiceless (heretics, women, foreigners …)

‘500 years of the posting of the theses’ offers the opportunity to wake Wittenberg from its slumber with a kiss of life, well beyond the Reformation anniversary.

The KulturBotschaft wants to use this "genius loci" as a mediator in conflicts of small and large to set new impulses to stimulate thinking and reach people all around the world.

World theatre for global citizens. "Gates of freedon" WITTENBERG_PALACE = BROKEDOWN_PALACE @ the river Elbe

 

Compositions for symphony orchestras – and a sound for everyone's own voice.

The "infringement of religious beliefs" is an omnipresent pretext to pursue political interests as a source of hatred, war and devastating conflicts both in families as well as in society as a whole.
True spirituality is consistent with world citizenship and global ethics and it is based on compassion, respect and understanding, on a holistic, reciprocal, and intercultural tolerance and openness to dialogue.
Therefore the KulturBotschaft wants to be the Permanent Representative.

Lutherstadt Wittenberg

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