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"A Small Café?"

For some time now, we missed a plat­­form on the web, a plea­s­ant and in­spir­ing small sect­ion on li­ter­ature, philo­sophy, cri­ti­­cism, chron­i­cles, and, hope­fully, cle­ver state­­ments, dis­course and de­bate.

In other words, a kind of old-style coffee house; not for the hoi polloi but for the discerning few. So we introduce you to life at our and your vir­tual Small Café, serving a little distraction from the daily grind, among other things.

A Small Café, some tables in a friendly atmos­phere, corners and niches for quiet conver­sa­tions or reading, engaging and likeable people. A bar and a fireplace for the cold months. No cell­phones, no tablets. And, what's important on war­mer days, some tables outside in the sun (or shade) of the day or in the candlelight of the evening and night.

New patrons are always wel­come and the café's waiter will serve you with pleasure: "Enjoy." We hope this spot will become a relaxing surprise to spend a break, some minutes over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine — to meet old and new friends.

... and all guests are welcome to talk the language of their choice.

A Small Café is offered by The Round Table Foundation (TRTF).



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Invited Guest • Spring 2022

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A follow-up of the summer contribution of last year: Once again one re­cog­nizes the simi­la­rity of histo­rical de­velop­ments — back then and today. At the end the innocent suffer, back then and today. In Germany and elsewhere. Many culprits are unaffected and get away.

The Guest of the spring season 2022 has died slowly through terrible times: Wolfgang Borchert. The short story we present here was pinpointed at a conversation in the Small Café — you can read it in German and in English.


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Invited Guest • Summer 2021

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It's only when you look at it again: You re­cog­nize the simi­la­rity of histo­rical de­velop­ments — back then and today. And it's not only Jews who suffered, back then and today. In Germany and elsewhere. It can hit everybody.

The Guest of the summer season 2021 lived through terrible times: Professor Siegfried Ostrowski. His name came up in a discussion in the Small Café — and he tells here the story of his life as a physician in Nazi Germany, in German and in English.


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Invited Guest • Autumn/Winter 2020/2021

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The Guest of the winter season 2021 has lived a long time ago: Johann Peter Eckermann. His name came up in a discussion in the Small Café — and he tells here the story of his early life, in German and in English.


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Invited Guest • Summer 2020

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The Guest of the summer season 2020 is Peter de Chamier who despite the pandemic turmoil agreed to narrate some details about the "black" ship Odysseus and his companions used to return home from Troy: Odysseus' Schiff — sailing the seas at Ulysses' times.

He was interested in the details while writing his new novel Occident Express that does not deal with Ulysses, but with sailing the Greek Mediterranean in our times — the novel is written in English, his article for A Small Café is in German.

For those who don't read German, he proposes two books on the topic: Ernle Bradford: Ulysses Found. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1963; and — with less details about antique Greek shipbuilding and more travel descriptions — Göran Schildt: In the Wake of Ulysses. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1953.


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Invited Guest • Autumn/Winter 2019/2020

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The Guest of the winter season 2019/2020 Peter A. Rinck tells of Alexander von Humboldt's visit to Spain on his way to South America from autumn 1798 until June 1799: Research and Science: From Individuals to Societies — Alexander von Humboldt in Spain.

It's a small contribution to the 250th birthday of the great Prussian polymath — written in English.


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Invited Guest • Spring/Summer 2018

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As Guest of the spring/summer season 2018, Peter de Chamier talks about the history of the detective novel: Der Detektiv in der Literatur.

You can read it here in its entirety. The introduction and the book are in German; an English version is not available yet — but Peter de Chamier's novels are written in English.


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Invited Guest • Spring/Summer 2017

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As Guest of the spring season 2017, Paolo Bianco tells a story about Peristroika and business in Saint Petersburg: I cervelli di Deviatkino (The brains of Devyatkino).

You can read the introductory paragraphs in English or the entire story in Italian.


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Autumn/Winter 2016/2017

Invited Guest • Autumn/Winter 2016/2017

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As Guest of the autumn season 2016, Peter A. Rinck talks about an excursion into medical history: A Short History of the Climatic Health Resorts in the Upper Italian Lake District (Kleine Geschichte der kli­ma­ti­schen Kur­orte im Ober­ita­lieni­schen Seengebiet).

You can read it here in its entirety. The introduction and the book are in German; it has not been translated (yet).


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Invited Guest • Autumn/Winter 2015/2016

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As Guest of the winter season 2015, we meet the recipient of the Pro Academia Prize 2015, Regine C. Schulz.

Her essay gives an impression of the religion of the ancient Egyptians, one of the most successful and long-lived religions of the ancient world. It is in English; a German version is available in your bookshop.


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Invited Guest • Autumn/Winter 2014/2015

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As Guest of the autumn/winter season 2014/2015, we present Alexander von Wyttenbach and his recent book on Reason Subjugated to the Unconscious (Die Vernunft als Untertan des Unbewussten) .

You can read it here in its entirety. The introduction and the book are in German; an English version is not available yet.