“Reading means travelling, and the most fascinating journey is the journey to oneself.”
Sigmund Rosenbaum, a Jewish boy, lives with a Catholic family as his mother has died when Sigmund had just turned three. Sigmund is fifteen years old when in November 1938 the Nazis set all synagogues on fire. His Catholic stepfather wants to save the boy. Luckily he comes to know of the British Quaker initiative to rescue Jewish children from the Nazi terror. Sigmund is one of the first who can join a “Kindertransport” and comes to England as early as December 1938. He ist taken to a Methodist couple in Wadebridge, a small town in Cornwall. They treat Sigmund well. Sigmund and Maria, called Rile, the daughter of his former German stepfather, manage to exchange letters as long as 1943. Thus, Sigmund learns about what is happening in wartime Germany while he in Cornwall experiences England at war. Sigmund’s best friend Nick, a Cornish boy, is drafted and sent to Europe in July 1944. Nick dies when the British troops cross the river Rhine in March 1945.
Sigmund, full of guilt as he had survived the holocaust and as Nick had lost his life, decides to return to Germany in 1949. He marries Maria and converts to Catholicism. Their son Friedemann, called Frido, does not – just like his father – feel at ease in Germany, leaves for India and emigrates to Australia…
In June 2018, Friedemann returns to Germany on holidays, visits the Hotel Dellbrück, the birthplace of his father Sigmund, which is now a home for young migrants. He meets Djad, a nineteen year old boy from Aleppo who had fled from war in Syria when he had just turned sixteen…
Emigration, exile, identity, the search for a place to call home, the spiritual search of the soul for belonging to some greater unit than oneself are the recurrent topics of “Hotel Dellbrück”.
“Hotel Dellbrück” was first published in September 2018 by Osburg Verlag Hamburg. The novel has not yet been translated into English.
Gabriele Tergit Salon der Moses Mendelssohn Stiftung
Moses Mendelssohn Akademie
Bildungszentrum Mer Ketne
Studientag „Fluchtgeschichten – damals und heute“ der Ev. Akademie Frankfurt
Jüdisches Museum Rendsburg
|Prof. Dr. phil.|
|Novelist and Foundation manager|
|born on July 30th, 1956, in Lippstadt, Germany|
|married, two children|
Michael Göring was born in Lippstadt, a city of around 50.000 people in Westphalia, Germany. He studied English and American Literature, Social Geography and Philosophy at Universität Köln, the University College of Wales in Swansea, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and Wayne State University Detroit. He was fellow of the German National Merit Scholarship Foundation and finished his PhD in English Literature in 1986. After that he worked as assistant professor in the English Department of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München before he joined the world of foundations in Bonn and later in Essen.
In 1997 the ZEIT-Stiftung appointed Michael Göring as executive member of the board of directors, in 2005 as chairman of the board. The ZEIT-Stiftung is a public benefit foundation established by the late Gerd Bucerius in 1971. With Gerd Bucerius’ death in 1995, the ZEIT-Stiftung became one of the ten biggest privately endowed foundations in Germany.
Beside his work as CEO of the ZEIT-Stiftung Michael teaches the management of fine arts and not for profit institutions at the Hamburg School (University) of Music and Theatre. He has been member and chairman of the German National Association of Foundations in Berlin and is engaged with many foundations, art institutes and also with banks.
Next to books and articles on foundations Michael has published four novels so far: „Der Seiltänzer” (2011), „Vor der Wand” (2013), „Spiegelberg” (2016) and „Hotel Dellbrück” (2018). Up until now there is no English translation of any of these four novels.
A few notes on ZEIT-Stiftung: Its full name is ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius. Gerd Bucerius (1906 – 1995) was a lawyer, politician and a very influential and successful media man, publisher of DIE ZEIT and of many other journals and magazines. The Foundation’s capital amounts to around one billion Euro (January 2018). It has established the Bucerius Law School in the year 2000, the Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance in 2001 and the Bucerius Arts Forum in 2002. The ZEIT-Stiftung offers international fellowship programs for PhD candidates and is also much engaged in helping children who have migrated into Germany or need special assistance for their school career. For more information please see: www.zeit-stiftung.de