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Tribute to Günter Grass

 

Günter Grass wrote dramas, poems, and especially fiction, the list of his works is very long, among them "Cat and Mouse" and "Dog Years," which, together with “The Tin Drum” were part of his famous "Gdansk Trilogy;" "Local Anesthetic," "The Flounder," "The Rat," "The Call of the Toad," and "Crabwalk." Most of his works dealt with political conditions and social upheaval, like the sinking of a refugee ship in the Baltic Sea in 1945, the role of intellectuals in the uprising in former East Germany in 1953, the student protests of 1968, federal election campaigns and political relations between the East and West. No other German writer was as controversial as Günter Grass. Despite the powerful literary pieces he produced and the Nobel Prize that he won, he had to face scathing criticism for his alleged association with National Socialism. 

We, the entire team at Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum pay our respectful homage to a great writer and thinker who passed away on 13th of April in Lübeck. 

 


 

GOETHE-ZENTRUM KOCHI INAUGURATED

Dear Friends,

We are glad to inform you that the Kochi branch of Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum was inaugurated at a colorful function at the Lotus Club auditorium by Mr. Christoph Bertrams, director of the Goethe-Institut, Bangalore in the presence of the Worshipful Mayor of Kochi Shri. Toni Chammany, Ms. Andrea Christ, Dy. Consul General of Germany, Shri G. Vijaya Raghavan, Member – State Planning Board and Chairperson of the Goethe-Zentrum, Dy. Mayor of Kochi Smt. Bhadra Menon and Dr. Syed Ibrahim, director of the Goethe-Zentrum. 

The inaugural function was made richer by an Indo-German classical concert by Florian Schiertz, Wolfram Winkel and Shweta Menon. 

The audience included eminent personalities like Dr. Jayathilak, Chairman of the Spices Board, Mr. Shivakumar, MD of Rajashree Motors and Mr. Pramod, Director of the SCMS Group institutions. 

A1 Level courses in Kochi will start from 9th March and please contact 0484 4067333 | 0471 2300777 | 91 9745160067 for registration and more details.

 


 

GOETHE-ZENTRUM GETS QUALITY ACCREDITATION

With great pleasure we wish to inform you that the Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum has won the Quality Accreditation from the Goethe-Institut. At a colourful function at its amphitheater, blessed by the heavy rain, Mr. Heiko Sievers – Director of GI, Regional Headquarters in New Delhi – handed over the Accreditation Plaque to Goethe-Zentrum director, Syed Ibrahim. The presence of Ms. Andrea Schäfer, Head of the language department in GI, Bangalore, Mr. Robin Mallick, Head of the program department, GI-Delhi and Ms. Amita Desai, Director of the Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad highlighted the importance of this event.

We present before you with pride and pleasure our accreditation certificate!

 


The Goethe-Institut is named after the renowned German scholar Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It is a non-profit German cultural institution operational worldwide, promoting the study of the German language abroad and encouraging international cultural exchange and relations. The Goethe-Institut also fosters knowledge about Germany by providing information on German culture, society and politics. This includes not only the exchange of films, music, theatre, literature, and the like, but also the values of civil society. Goethe cultural societies and language centers have played a central role in the cultural and educational policies of Germany for close to 60 years. 

The Goethe-Institut draws its material from many sections of the cosmopolitan German society and culture, combining the experience and ideas of its partners with cross-cultural expertise, the principle of dialogue and partnership, offering support to all those actively involved with Germany and its language and culture. The Goethe-Institut e.V. is an autonomous body and politically independent. 

Partners of the institute and its centers are public and private cultural institutions, the federal states, local authorities and the world of commerce. The Goethe-Institut carefully coordinates its activities with other mediators of cultural and educational foreign policy. 

The Goethe-Institut has its headquarters in Munich. Its president is Dr. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, the General Secretary is Mr. Johannes Ebert. Every year the Goethe-Institut offers scholarships to deserving students from foreign countries to go to Germany and participate in higher levels of German language courses. 

In India, the institutes are also known as Max Mueller Bhavans in honour of the famous German Indologist Friedrich Max Mueller. In order to expand the reach of the Goethe Institut, smaller centres named Goethe-Zentrum have been introduced a few years ago all around the world.