WE want to invite YOU
"Karl König's Spiritual Legacy.
Building an Archive for the Future!"
A meeting of friends of Anthroposophy with Richard Steel of the Karl König Archives
April 28, 2013 7pm to 9pm at Rainbow Hall
Camphill Special School Beaver Run,
1784 Fairview Rd,
Glenmoore, PA 19343
We would like to discuss the present and future of the Karl
König Archive with you, starting with our AND your perspective of what
has taken place over the past 5 years since the first volume of the New
Edition of Karl König's Works was published (Volume 13: “Animals. An
Imaginative Zoology” will be out by then). We would like to tell you
about the International Karl König Institute
for Science, Art and Social Life and see if you can relate to our aims,
help define our tasks and maybe become part of our striving! How does
Karl König relate to North America today?
Information material and sale of books will be there for you!
7pm: Introduction to the work of the Archive and Institute with Richard Steel
7:45pm: Light refreshments
8:00 – 9:00pm: A conversation about the future work
April 29th 2013 , 19:00 Rose Hall, Kimberton Hills, USA
Talk by Richard Steel
"The Inner Journey Through the Year and Kaspar Hauser's Destiny Today"
Update March 2013
Dear friends of the Karl König Archive,
At the outset of this report allow me to describe the structure of the Archive work:
of Karl König's Literary Estate are currently: Anne Weise, Stefan
Geider, Christoph Hanni, Richard Steel and Crispian Villeneuve. This is
the sphere of RIGHTS, including those of publication and translation.
ensure use of rights and particularly to cover the ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES
we have formed a legal association which has charity status: “KARL
KÖNIG INSTITUTE for Art, Science and Social Life”, the board of which
is partly from Camphill (the Trustees) and partly professional friends.
The Institute is legally responsible for financing the Archive but also
takes in projects closely connected to the work of Karl König and
Camphill. The book “Discovering Camphill” is an example, but also
various exhibitions (see below) for instance. These are funded
separately from the Archive.
Rights and Economics lay the foundation
for the work in the sphere of FREE SPIRITUAL LIFE, the area where the
Archive is classically situated! Through the help of many dedicated
people (in Scotland, Germany, Norway, USA and England), with generous
support from the various regions of the Camphill Movement, through
members of the Association and by general fund raising we have
been able to take great steps forward again in 2012 with the three main
tasks we set out to do: RESEARCH, ARCHIVING AND PUBLICATIONS.
Richard Steel is in charge of Fund Raising but is looking for someone with initiative in this field.
In Newsletter Nr 7, Summer 2012 we introduced you to our wonderful network of helpers. (“Global Networking”).
Let me tell you a few examples of what has been achieved and continues with your help:
Tracing König's friends has continued and the book is well on its way
about his best school-friend, the Viennese painter Alfred Bergel, who
made some famous drawings of the ghetto in Theresienstadt but died then
in Auschwitz. We have already had two previews of this work in the last
two Newsletters. We hope to have a very special publication ready for
you this year with plenty of pictures - newly found photographs and
drawings by Bergel. A second friend is Hanns Leo Reich, whom Anne has
tracked down! He emigrated to America and published a book about “My
Vienna” in Chicago 1954. We managed to find a copy and so we can
include some parts of that when we publish a volume about “Vienna of
the Königs” soon! (All “Karl König Institute Publications”!)
details of Karl König's biography have been looked into now and with
some help from John Baum a number of projects are moving on to
compliment parts of Hans Müller-Wiedeman's book: We now know where the
building was that he passed on his way to school with the words of
Christ above the gateway - many had thought it did not exist. We have
looked into the mix-up of dates for König's fiorst meeting with Ita
Wegman and his move to Arlesheim, his step out of the Jewish faith and
becoming member of the Anthroposophical Society.
Apart from a
beautiful photograph of the two, we also have just received 20 hitherto
unknown letters between König and Frieda Margarete Reuschle, a deep
friendship of the 50's and 60's.
Work with new documents is
time-consuming: they have to be found, acquired, studied, checked
against material already in the archive, then scanned, fitted into the
system (= “archived”) and indexed. For instance questions about König's
university times lead us to various archives in Vienna where we found
41 documents showing the courses he had taken, the professors he had
and about his time in the Embryological Institute (where he was not an
“assistant”, but a “demonstrator”). Newly found documents always give
us new aspects and details about König's biography and about early
Camphill history. So also Anne's visit to the Isle of man, where she
spent two days in the museum getting help from the custodian there. Our
treasure chest from that period is getting fuller! Who knew for
instance that Peter Roth did a beautiful and quite unique portrait of
Karl König during internment? This picture, amongst others of his and
along with the Soul Calendar pictures will go to the international
exhibition of the anthroposophic art impulse in the Czech republic next
year. For that we are also helping with research (see
- new exposée ready soon!).
Anne Weise - and to a certain extent Richard - are spearheading the research.
is the essential step with any material, documents or photographs so
that they are available for any research – whether our own or by others
– and for the preparation of books.
In Scotland we are still busy
distinguishing between Karl König's legacy (which of course includes
aspects of the history of Camphill) and documents actually belonging to
a Camphill Archive, the beginnings of which are in full swing!
Meanwhile, mainly in Pennsylvania the following work has been done:
Of the 33.000 documents that were scanned in 2008 a further 3.500 pages
have been indexed, meaning that we now have a total of 12.048 pages
available for search according to various criteria. This is over a
third of the work needed!
2) In addition to this 2.085 new documents have been indexed.
575 photographs of Karl König and related motifs have been scanned,
listed and physically archived in professional archive albums. Digital
index lists have been made. Constant co-operation with
Christoph-Andreas Lindenberg and others was necessary to identify as
many people, places and dates as possible (ongoing work!) “New”
photographs come regularly from various sources.
4) Preparation and
some first steps have been made towards storage with professional
archive materials (in order to preserve documents optimally).
The list of lectures has been updated after many new lectures by König
have turned up from different sources and details of lectures have been
found in various diaries.
6). All early diaries and letters (that
were almost unreadable in places) have been typed up and digitalised.
(Organisation: Anne, typing: Helga Voss). This material is now usable
for research and publishing purposes.
7). Chronological lists have been made for all diaries and for König's poems, so that also this material is available.
year (2013) has already seen a start to the pile of documents waiting
to be indexed. For instance 5.576 pages of “published articles” have
not been scanned, assuming they had already been printed, which is
however not the case as they were lectures that had been typed and
copied without editing and circulated amongst the coworkers of the
time. Then there are 2.835 new documents waiting to be seen to. And a
certain priority must soon be given to instrumentation of proper
archive materials and storage systems that will need financing. We are
hoping to make space too when the Camphill Archive has its own room and
these documents can be seen to seperately.
We have already got a
good team together for the additional work of the Camphill Archive:
John Byrde and Richard Keys and for Community history and documentation
Anne Weise is the expert in archiving and indexing.
She looks after this, helped by Christoph Hanni, “our man in the
vaults” and main scanner.
Publications: We hope you have
finished reading the new volume of Karl König's collected works that we
prepared before Christmas - One is the newly researched and
enlarged version of the popular book “Brothers and Sisters” (a Must,
even if you already have the old book!) and for the 200th birthday of
Kaspar Hauser a very new collection of König's work and biographical
connections using many items from letters, notes and diaries: “Karl
König and Kaspar Hauser”.
Soon you will be able to start two new
volumes that are almost ready. Just now “Animals - an Imaginative
Zoology” has gone to print. These essays were published in the
80's in 3 small booklets (“Penguins”, “Swans and Storks” and
“Elephants”). Now we have revised the translation, adding large parts
that were missed out and updating the zoological information. Now it
can be one volume, like its original “Bruder Tier” in German. The
second book will be “Social Farming”, with revised and enlarged
contents from that of the old “Earth and Man” volume. The lectures
about nutrition have also been removed because they also needed
revising and will appear in a special volume entitled “Earthly and
Cosmic Nutrition”, which is also well on its way! So please keep
reading AND make sure that these volumes are really put to good use.
Organic advertising: Please take a look at our flyer - it grows with the publications list!
projects are in preparation.....we will just have to see what we can
manage. So much of Karl König's work would be of importance for today's
questions and tomorrow's world:
So thanks for helping us to get this far and please stay with us and be part of an archive for the future!
Richard Steel and Crispian Villeneuve, backed by Anne and Christoph are mainly responsible for these tasks.
Camphill as a service provider? Yes the Archive is fully engaged here
too! We include here a list of events; talks, conferences, seminars,
exhibitions that have taken place during the past year (more than one
per week!) - but wish you not to forget that we also are committed to
providing information, study material and dialogue. This goes on
literally on a daily basis with only less than half of the requests
coming from within the Camphill Movement. There an important task in
public relations has evolved on its own!
In the list attached you
can see the events of 2012. Already this year - 2013 - the first months
have shown some major events, like the Soul Calendar exhibition with
weekend workshop in Forest Row, followed by a Kaspar Hauser weekend
there including an exhibition of Greg Tricker's Kaspar Hauser pictures
that the Karl König Institute has shown last year in Rudolf
Steiner House Berlin, the Christian Community Karlsruhe, the Goetheanum
Dornach and in January - February 2013 in the Kaspar Hauser
Therapeutikum Berlin. The Soul Calendar pictures are now on there way
to the WALA and then to the Art Exhibition in the Czech Republic.
Current and upcoming events can be seen on our continuously updated
Richard Steel is mainly responsible for these tasks - also for the Websites of the Archive AND the Karl König Institute.
Please note that we are inviting YOU
to reports and conversation about the work of the Archive in three places this year:
April 19th 15:30 - 18:30 in Rudolf Steiner House, Berlin, Germany.
April 28th 7 - 9 pm in Beaver Run, USA.
In November (Probably Sunday 10th - watch the Website for details!) in Camphill Scotland.
List of events 2012 List of publications 2012
Sonntag, 28. Februar 2010
Village Newton Dee, Aberdeen
Richard Steel, 19.00
"The Bee and the Human Beeing"
Samstag 27.Februar 2010
Murtle Estate, Aberdeen
Vortrag Richard Steel, 20.00
König and Kaspar Hauser. Historic Riddles and Future Tasks."