Sebald Visit from Heinz-Berggruen-Gymnasium, Berlin

A guest blog from the students of Heinz-Berggruen-Gymnasium in Berlin, Charlottenburg who visited the WG Sebald Audiovisual collection at the British Archive for Contemporary Writing last Summer (just days after the Brexit referendum).

Thank you UEA!

This summer we are leaving school. This means also looking back on eight years at Heinz-Berggruen-Gymnasium in Berlin, Charlottenburg.

One unforgettable memory is our trip to England last June (2016).

During that school trip we also went to UEA because we wanted to find out more about W.G. Sebald, a well known German author who had lived in England most of his time and had taught at UEA.

Our visit to UEA was and still is an unforgettable experience.

Undoubtedly, for people who are interested in literature visiting the University of East Anglia in Norwich is  a great opportunity to gain knowledge in a very comfortable and personal way.

We were especially lucky as Professor Jon Cook offered to speak to us about Sebald.

When Professor Cook read from Sebald’s books and added stories from his personal encounters and his cooperation with Sebald we could all feel the power of this exceptional author.

That way we not only gained insight into Sebald’s work but also got to know what he must have been like in private life.

We were all particularly moved when Professor Jon Cook pointed out how devastated he was on the news of Sebald’s death and how UEA had lost a creative spirit.

WG Sebald visitors 040716We also went to the archive where we were introduced to visual and audio material, which added greatly to our impressions of Sebald’s work and life in Norwich.

On top of that Professor Cook’s explanations regarding the Brexit referendum impressed us deeply and they are as fresh today, March 29, 2017, as they were last summer.

In the end we left Norwich deeply impressed and enriched because we had spent a morning sensing the invigorating power of creativity and reason.

We would therefore like to thank Professor Cook and his staff, who introduced us to the audio and visual material, once again for making this possible.

Thank you!

Students from Heinz-Berggruen-Gymnasium, Berlin.

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