On the way to "mystic places":
From the Jewish Cemetery in Berlin-Weißensee
to Kórnik Castle

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I quickly got to like the idea jointly developed with Andreas Saremba to carry out the autumn meeting of the Ken Whyld Association (October 20-22, 2006) together with the Emanuel Lasker Society in Berlin and to combine this event with an ensuing journey to Poland. On the one hand it was a welcome occasion to bring together again quite a lot of the authors and researchers involved in the Lasker biography project, on the other hand we were able to pay our "young member", the library in Kórnik castle a first visit, and with that the legacy of one of the most eminent chess researchers of the 19th century, Tassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa.

When in addition the commemorative plaque for Jean Dufresne, donated by Ralph Schiffmann and other Berlin chess friends, could be officially opened on Friday afternoon, a really attractive programme had been achieved.
By the following survey I would like to share this successful weekend with all the other chess friends. My thanks are due to the diligent photographers, to the Berlin hosts – especially Susanna Poldauf and her helpers as well as Andreas Saremba for the organization of the meeting in Weißensee, but of course also to Ralph Schiffmann for his generosity.
Furthermore our thanks are due to my Polish friends, Maria Łuczak, Dr. Kazimierz Krawiarz and their team from the Polish Academy of Science in Kórnik as well as to Tomasz Lissowski who made this visit possible with his kind help.
Last but not least: a big thank-you to Ralf Binnewirtz, the tireless "Master of the Net".
(You will find our short report in advance on this weekend in the Archives.)

Jewish Cemetery in Berlin-Weißensee
(Afternoon, 2006-10-20)

R. Schiffmann at Dufresne's grave

Ralph Schiffman next to the gravestone of Jean Dufresne (1829-1893) who is honoured now with a fine plaque. With 115000 graves the Jewish cemetery in Weißensee is the largest in Western Europe.

Andreas Saremba quoting from his nice Dufresne biography.
On the right Frank Hoppe, webmaster of the BSV can be made out – the following link leads to his fine article on this event (in German only): www.berlinerschachverband
In memory of Dufresne

Group at the grave
In spite of the drizzle the guests listen to the explanations: right at the front you can make out Mr. Seppelt with his wife, then P.W. Wagner, T. Gillam (a little hidden), M. Negele, R. Binnewirtz, S. Augustat and H. Fietz.

Now the "community" is gathering around the stele in honour of Paul Lasker-Schüler (1899-1927), son of Else Lasker-Schüler. Berthold Lasker (1860-1928) who is buried at this cemetery as well outlived him by one year, his fatherhood was always denied by the artist being married to him from 1894 to 1903.
Stele of Paul Lasker-Schüler

  Grave Berthold Lasker The grave of Dr. Berthold Lasker.
Unfortunately the inscription is hard to read – the Hebrew characters mean: "May his soul be integrated into the bond of life"

"Emanuel Lasker (Society) meets Ken Whyld (Association)"
on Leuschnerdamm 31
(Evening, 2006-10-20)

E. Meissenburg & R. Binnewirtz
We are glad to say that Egbert Meissenburg will undertake the drawing up of a Lasker bibliography for our project. Next to him Ralf Binnewirtz, his contribution will deal with Lasker’s few problem compositions.

The "delinquents" Tony Gillam, Toni Preziuso and Michael Negele in eager anticipation of the "Lasker Evening" – in the front Andreas Saremba’s ubiquitous recorder – "source of quite a lot of audio documents".
Before the panel discussion

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