Martin Luther's Travel Guide
Author: Cornelia Dömer
Translator: Cindy Opitz
Preface: Robert Kolb
Genre: Travel Guide
Softcover, 176 color pages with pics
Dimensions: 5'' x 8''
Sugg. Retail: $13.95 / 14,- €
Release: Spring 2016
Martin Luther's Travel Guide takes you to Lutherland, the German landscape where the Reformation took place, just in time for the 500-year-anniversary in 2017. It guides you through the historic city of Wittenberg, where Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church. it features Eisleben, Mansfeld, and Magdeburg, where Luther was born and went to school, Eisenach with the Wartburg Castle, where he translated the Holy Bible and threw the ink pot at the devil, and many other cities of the Reformation, from Leipzig to Erfurt, Weimar, up to Torgau, where his wife, Katharina von Bora, is laid to rest. The guide helps not only prepare your journey, it also offers stories about Luther’s life and work, as well as about life in the Middle Ages and Reformation politics. The guide contains tips for travel by car and train, hotel recommendations, addresses, phone numbers, and websites, and American churches in Germany, 14 maps and 120 full-color pictures. With a preface by Robert Kolb, Missions Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at the Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.
Cornelia Dömer, PhD, serves as a representative for the State of Rheinland-Pfalz at the federal German level and with the European Union. From 2000 to 2007, she managed the Luther-Zentrum Wittenberg. Previously, she was responsible for culture and marketing Luther at the Sachsen Anhalt GmbH, and e.V.
Leipzig! Bach, Luther, Faust:
The City of Books and Music
Author: Sebastian Ringel
Translator: Cindy Opitz
Preface: Dorothee Dubrau
Genre: City History
Softcover, 224 color pages / 224 pics
Dimensions: 6.69 ’’x 9.61’'
Sugg. Retail: $24.95
Release: Spring 2015
Leipzig is the city of books and music. Johann Sebastian Bach composed his cantatas in the St. Thomas Church; Martin Luther disputed the future of Christianity at Germany's second oldest university; and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust and his frenemy Mephisto got into a brawl at Auerbach's Keller, one of many historical trade-fair buildings in downtown Leipzig. In Leipzig, Richard Wagner was born, Clara met Franz Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy rediscovered Bach, Karl May invented his famous, albeit fictional Apache chief Winnetou, Erich Kästner wrote his children’s books at the coffee house, and Kurt Masur directed the Gewandhaus Orchestra.
Leipzig is also the site of one of the world's oldest and largest trade fairs, including the traditional Leipzig book fair. The city is located at the crossroad of the historic routes from Paris and Moscow, and from Rome to the Baltic Sea. Leipzig is also the city whose rallies at the St. Nicholas Church led to the downfall of Communism in 1989. Since then, Leipzig has been splendidly rebuilt. In December 2015, the city will be one thousand years old. This book brings to life the stories of ordinary and famous Leipzigers.
Sebastian Ringel is a Leipzig novelist who grew up in a small town in Saxony. He studied history in Dresden, where he also became an occupational therapist. His first novel, The Monotony of Yeah, Yeah, Yeah came out in 2002, followed by a collection of stories and poems, My Dog the Fish. His latest novel, 5.8 People was inspired by a year-long sojourn in Australia. In addition to writing, he works as a tour guide in Leipzig.
Jews in Berlin
Authors: Andreas Nachama, Julius Schoeps, Hermann Simon
Preface: Carol Kahn Strauss
Genre: City History
Softcover, 310 pages / 372 pics
Dimensions, 6’’ x 9’’
Suggested Retail: $27.95
Release: Fall 2013
Jews in Berlin: This richly illustrated book depicts 750 years of Jewish history as well as Jewish life in Berlin today. The Prussian capital was, for many centuries, the center of Jewish life in Germany. Its Jewish citizens strongly influenced the city’s cultural and literary life and led the way in the sciences, from the 18th century salon of Rachel Varnhagen to the cabarets of the Weimar Republic. However, economic crisis, hyper-inflation, and the depression of 1929 provided rich soil for the growth of anti-Semitism and ultimately led to the Holocaust. But today, Jewish life and Jewish culture are flourishing once again, after tens of thousands of immigrants from Russia and Israel have arrived in the capital.
Andreas Nachama was born in Berlin in 1951. He studied history and Judaic studies and was ordained as a rabbi. He served as head of the Berliner Festspiele and the Jüdische Kulturtage in Berlin and as Director of the Topographie of Terror Foundation.
Julius H. Schoeps, born in Sweden, is a professor of modern history at the University of Potsdam, where he directs the Moses Mendelssohn Center. He has co-edited various publications.
Hermann Simon was born in Berlin; he studied history in Berlin and numismatics in Prague. He has directed the New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum Foundation since 1988. His publications include Das Berliner Jüdische Museum.