Freiburg-Madison-Gesellschaft e.V.


Looking back into 2019


Looking back to our activities in 2020




January 29



  Annual General Assembly of the Freiburg-Madison-Gesellschaft


at the Greiffenegg-Schlössle at 8 p.m.







February 5



German-American Stammtisch


Dr. Manfred Höfert


Neue Enthüllungen zum Klimawandel



at the Greiffenegg-Schlössle at 8 p.m.



Here is the blog.





March 4



German-American Stammtisch


Prof. Peter McIsaac (AYF Academic Director)


Die Wiederkehr der Wunderkammer


While in the Green Vault I saw that the Elector is a very rich man..“

Johann Gottfried Seume


Der Pretiosensaal 1904 (©Wikipedia/Unify)


at the Greiffenegg-Schlössle at 8 p.m.









Dear friends and members of the Freiburg-Madison-Gesellschaft,


On March 13, FMG was informed that the Academic Year in Freiburg  program 2020/21 was officially closed on March 11 and that the home universities have ordered their students to return to the US.  


This step is regrettable and painful. However, it is also understandable that in this time of crisis AYF students are returning to their home countries.  


Thus, the traditional May excursion of the FMG with the American students on May 1 is cancelled.  


Although we do not reach the quorum decreed by the city of a maximum of 50 people gathering, we will cancel the FMG Stammtisch on April 1 in the wake of the city's recommendation to refrain from all meetings that are not absolutely necessary.


  Nobody knows what the situation will be like after the Easter holidays, when the schools are to reopen on April 20.  


 You will be informed about FMG's activities after this date in due course.  


Stay healthy, yours Manfred Höfert  




April 1



German-American Stammtisch




at the Greiffenegg-Schlössle at 8 p.m.





May 1



Traditional FMG Hiking Tour on German Labour Day
with the American Students




Meeting point 1: At 10:20 a.m. at Bertoldsbrunnen. Departure streetcar line 2 at 10:27 to Günterstal; stop Dorfstraße 10:46. Change at 10:59 into bus 21 direction Horben.

Meeting point 2 for our hike is the bus terminus Horben–Rathaus at 11:15 a.m.




Around noon we shall have lunch at the Berglusthaus. Students are invited. Around 4 p.m. we shall walk back to Horben or Bollschwiel to catch the bus.




May 6



German-American Stammtisch



Preparation of the trip to Madison




at the Greiffenegg-Schlössle at 8 p.m.




June 3



German-American Stammtisch




at the Greiffenegg-Schlössle at 8 p.m.




July 1



German-American Stammtisch


We meet again



at the Kastanienbiergarten above the Greiffenegg-Schlössle at 8 p.m.










July 4



 The Annual 4th of July Party


Together with the Freiburg-Madison-Gesellschaft e.V., Academic Year in Freiburg, Centre Culturel Français, Goethe-Institut Freiburg, Konfuzius-Institut an der Universität Freiburg, Zwetajewa Zentrum Freiburg.




Due to Freiburg's 900 year jubilee, the exact program and location will be announced late.r





July 5





Postponed, see Ocotober 21/22


Contribution of the FMG to the Freiburg Jubilee in 2020 as conceived and organized by our Committee member Herbert Schiffels:



Many people from Freiburg and southern Baden emigrated to North America in the first half of the 19th century for various reasons.


In the Centre for Popular Culture and Music at the University Freiburg, many texts of emigrant songs were found although without melodies! Students of the University of Music and Macromedia University (Jazz&Rock) set eleven of these texts to music and arranged them for different instrumentations. Students of the history seminar course at the Berthold-Gymnasium worked on the history.


History and the newly set songs were put together to an entertaining, but also thought-provoking stage program


at the Wodan Hall


The start time of the program will be comminicated later





July 9



Ceremony for the 60th anniversary of the AYF program



July 10 to 13: AYF-Reunion with many activities






July 10/11



Partnership Market 2020


with tents of the Freiburg's sister cities at the Rathausmarkt, two stages on Rotteckring,
and performances of the Madison College Big Band and the Black Forst Badgers



Postponed to July 8/10, 2021



September 2



German-American Stammtisch


Dr. Manfred Höfert


Madison in the Spring and Summer of 2020


at the Greiffenegg-Schlössle at 8 p.m.








September 7



Guided tour in English for the students of the
Academic Year in Freiburg (AYF). Guests are welcome.


Historic Places in Freiburg


AYF students at the guided tour 2019 ©US



Meeting place at the Bertold-Schwarz-Brunnen on Rathausplatz at 10 a.m.








September 9



Reception for the Students of the
Academic Year (AYF) in Freiburg 2020/2021


n At the terrasse of the Greiffenegg-Schlössle during the reception 2019



at the Greiffenegg-Schlössle at 6 p.m.





October 3



Hiking Tour with our American Students
around the Schönberg on German Unity Day


Our meeting place is the terminus of streetcar number 3 
to Vauban „Innsbruckerstraße“ at 10:30 a.m.
We shall walk through the vineyards to Ebringen and continue to the “Schönberger Hof” where we will have lunch around 12:45 p.m.
We will return to Freiburg Vauban around 3:30 p.m.


Happy hiking AYF-students 2019/20 (©US)





October 7



German-American Stammtisch


Toni Schlegel


Wirtschaftliche Entwicklung der USA unter Trump



at the Greiffenegg-Schlössle at 8 p.m.









The Sound of Freedom



In the 19th century, many people from Baden emigrated from their homeland to the USA - also to Wisconsin in the area of today's sister cty Madison. One reason was the mass poverty in Baden Often emigrants from the old homeland could only take their familiar songs full of longing and hope with them.  


A second group of emigrants were "Forty-Eighters" - participants of the Baden Revolution of 1848/49 - who wanted to establish a German republic. Persecuted as "high traitors" after their failure many fled to the USA. There they had to start a new and often insecure life as immigrants.  


Both groups are in the focus of the performance.  


- Students of the macromedia university have transformed the song lyrics of the emigrants into contemporary forms - from rock to rap and ballads  


- and the students of the advanced history course at the Berthold-Gymnasium have evaluated the collection of letters of the Freiburg revolutionary Andreas Rübelmann, who died exactly 120 years ago in the USA as a rich farmer. They transformed those letters into biographical scenes. This "Andrew Rubelman" still had correspondence with his family in Denzlingen for almost 70 years. By a lucky coincidence, the City Archive in Freiburg came into possession of this valuable collection and made it available to us.  


 - As the third participant in the project, the Berthold-Gymnasium's "Fine Arts" course establishes a link to immigrants to Freiburg today - a colorful city with a 900-year anniversary: "New Freiburgers" will be visible in words and pictures before and during the performance in artistic portraits and will visually connect with the "old" Baden emigrants such as Carl Schurz, Friedrich Hecker, Carl von Rotteck junior and Andreas Rübelmann  


At the Wodan Hall, Leo-Wohleb-Straße 4, Wednesday October 21 at 5 and 8 p.m.
and Thursday October 22 at 5 and 8 p.m




November 4



German-American Stammtisch


The Presidential Elections in the US




at the Greiffenegg-Schlössle at 8 p.m.











December 2


FMG Christmas Dinner


The 2019/20er Black Forest Badgers presenting Weihnachtslieder and Christmas carols




at the Greiffenegg-Schlössle at 7 p.m.





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