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Guest of the Rector (1 April 2002 - 30 June 2002)
In the short time I was here I prepared and delivered various lectures, but my main task was to prepare from scratch a lecture for the German Orden Pour le mérite honoring the 50th anniversary of the re-founding of that Orden by Theodor Heuss, first president of the Federal Republic. I called the lecture "Ein neues Lied, ein besseres Lied", a line from Heinrich Heine's poem of 1844. The lecture will be published this summer.
In addition I worked on Chapter 7 of my book "Five Germanies I have known", an enterprise I began at NIAS in 1998 and wish I could finish at NIAS as well. But I will presumably finish it under less favourable circumstances. The Rector's guest is immensely grateful.
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