Friends of Gutenberg – Jour Fixe

We cordially invite you to the Friends of Gutenberg – Jour Fixe with a lecture by Johannes Kohl on the topic "Where people and books lived" – the city of Czernowitz.

Under the motto "Wine and Knowledge", we again cordially invite you to our evening lecture series "Friends of Gutenberg – Jour Fixe" in the Kulturei Mainz, a spectacular Mainz cultural ambience.

Topic: "Where people and books lived" (Paul Celan)
Czernowitz - a walk through the city and its history
Speaker: Johannes Kohl

Hardly any other city has a more eventful history to tell, hardly any other city had a comparable cultural diversity already at the end of the 19th century. A contemporary described it at that time as "a Black Forest village, a Podolian ghetto, a small Viennese suburb, a piece of deepest Russia and a piece of modern America". For others, Czernowitz was "Jerusalem on the Pruth", today it is called a newspaper city, a literatop and a mnemotop. People argued there in seven languages, printed in four writings. Rose Ausländer and Paul Celan are only the best known of a large number of poets who have spoken here. Belonging to the Habsburg crown land of Bukovina in its heyday, the city had previously also been occupied by Polish-Lithuanian and Ottoman, later Romanian, Russian and German, depopulated, Soviet, finally arriving in modern Ukraine.

Johannes Kohl, former director of the Catholic Education Centre of the Diocese of Mainz, will introduce us to the city of Czernowitz and its many connections to books in his lecture. We will also be joined by the Becker winery, which will present three of its wines to us at a small wine tasting after the lecture.

Date: 28.10.2021
Time: 6 pm
Location: Kulturei (Citadel Mainz)
Host: International Gutenberg Society and Gutenberg Foundation

Admission is free, but registration is requested at or by telephone on 06131-226420.