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Do the Indians count as human beings?

 (Published in Grail World 61/2010) As in the “Disputation of Valladolid” less than 500 years ago it was argued about whether Indians have a soul and whether they play a role in Christ's plan of salvation. Anyone who has read Heinrich Heine may remember his ballad about a disputation in medieval Spain. In his inimitable way, Heine lets a rabbi [...]

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If the authorities say that two and five equal eight, you must believe them.

Martin Luther and the Insurgent Peasants: A Critical Look at "Evangelical Freedom". (Published in Gralswelt 59/2010) At the turn of the 15th to the 16th century, the transition from the Middle Ages to the modern age [i], there were all sorts of tensions in the German Empire. The land was divided among more than a thousand princes and lords [ii] who pursued their own personal goals. [...]

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When diseases made history

 On the fall of the Goths and the Incas (Published in Grail World 21) World history, as it is usually taught, is a strange collection of facts and their interpretations that aim to provide a vivid picture of bygone eras. The portrayals of times blown away are inevitably incomplete and also shaped by a "zeitgeist", to which a [...] striving for objectivity

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The secret of the portolane

Old nautical charts point to unknown civilizations Published in GralsWelt 22/2002 Do old nautical charts show the legacy of a submerged pre-civilization? A high culture that had great knowledge and where people traveled from pole to pole? At a time when the coasts of Antarctica were still free of ice? Here we go to the "secret of the portolane" [...]

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Early years of a genius

(Published in GralsWelt 19/2001) One of the most exciting events in history is the observation of how geniuses assert themselves even under unfavorable starting conditions and how they find their task, their calling. Often they get support from people who recognize the talent and help selflessly. There are many, not infrequently moving examples; here one as part of the series [...]

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A master of the bizarre

(Published in GralsWelt 11/1999) There were and are many eccentrics on our planet who sometimes even make a name for themselves. One of the strangest among these outsiders is undoubtedly Charles Fort (1874-1932), who is so well known in the Anglo-Saxon-speaking world that two societies (the "Fortean Society" founded in New York in 1931 and the 1969 in Arlington, Virginia [...]

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The hatred of symbols

(Published in GralsWelt 24/2002) In March 2001, the media reported that despite strong protests from many, including Islamic countries, the gigantic Buddha statues of Bamian - the largest in the world - were blown up in Afghanistan. Allegedly it was radical Taliban who wanted to set an example in barbaric destructiveness for the unstoppable victory of their [...]